Put Away Your Sword: Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World

World Catholicism Week 2019

May 3-5, 2019
DePaul University
Chicago

In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's first World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis issued the groundbreaking statement, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace." It was perhaps the Vatican's first official statement on active nonviolence, and it raises a number of important questions for the world Church: Is God nonviolent, and does God want us to renounce violence as well? In a violent world, does nonviolence work?

In this conference, speakers from around the world—Kenya, India, Brazil, Italy, Croatia, the U.S., and the Philippines—explored these questions through five different lenses, each a different roundtable discussion:

~ theologies of nonviolence
~ martyrdom and the cross
~ practices of nonviolent peacebuilding and the "responsibility to protect"
~ gender and nonviolence
~ grassroots church formation of people in the practice of nonviolence

Keynote speakers were

Mauro Garofalo—Head of International Relations, Community of Sant'Egidio (Rome)

Robert Emmet Meagher—Author, "Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury & Just War" | Professor of humanities, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA, USA)

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