Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement working worldwide to establish:
- Respect for Human Rights
- Justice and Reconciliation
Pax Christi was founded in Europe in 1945 as a reconciliation movement bringing together French and Germans after World War II. Today, the movement has 120 Member Organisations active in more than 50 countries worldwide. Pax Christi is a member organisation led movement, comprised of national sections and local groups, all carrying the Pax Christi name, and also of affiliated organisations that work under their own names.
Pax Christi operates as an autonomous Catholic entity in which laypeople, bishops, and other religious members work as equals in pursuit of peace and reconciliation. As a faith-based Catholic movement, Pax Christi‘s efforts to resolve conflicts are informed by a deep understanding of both the positive and negative impact of religion. Pax Christi brings the voice of civil society to the Catholic Church, and conversely carries the values of the Catholic Church to civil society.
Pax Christi International has four core means of engagement:
- Facilitate growth and integration of the international movement (networking),
- Coordinate and represent the global movement in all its breadth on the international stage (advocacy),
- Build capacity of member organisations for nonviolent peace work (capacity building), and
- Nurture spirituality through the articulation of a vibrant spirituality. – from their About Us page.
Catholic Non-violence Initiative
The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, affirms the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church, and is committed to the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet. Visit the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative website here.
Peace StoriesA project of Pax Christi International, the global movement for peace. This blog is about the power of stories–in particular, the power of stories to change the world–and maybe, just maybe, to change us too.Our scriptures, that original collection of stories that our ancestors cherished and passed down to us generation after generation, tell us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The stories told here on this site, whether taken individually or woven together, provide us a vision that speaks to both the presence of peace in our world today and the promise of peace for peoples and places that so desperately yearn for it.The voices here come from throughout our global movement, 120 member organisations on 5 continents, individuals and groups who are witnessing to peace with justice through the practice of active nonviolence and reconciliation. These are the voices and stories of people close to the action, on the ground, at the grassroots, all joined together to make Pax Christi International. From their About page.
Member OrganizationsFrom many countries around the world including Canada:Member Organisations in CanadaPax Christi MontréalAddress:665, boulevard Gouin EstMontréal, Québec H2C 1A5Canada H3T 1B1Phone: 1 + 514 381-1867Fax:Contact: Sr. Gisèle TurcotEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgLinks: •Official Website
Contact: Steve Barringer
Pax Christi Resources