September 21 is the International Day of Peace
Links to Peace Resources from the UK.
Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace is a membership led organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Canadian International Development Agency.
Free The Slaves is dedicated to ending slavery worldwide. We believe it’s an ambitious and realizable goal. Everyone has a role to play: Governments, Businesses, International Aid Organizations, Consumers and You!
A Short account of how Catholics became active in the peace movement after the Second Vatican Council.
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
founded by Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and his wife Sunanda, the institute was established to promote and teach the philosophy and practice of nonviolence to help reduce the violence that consumes our hearts, our homes, and our societies.
Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict. It is grounded in the belief that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken.
Pax Christi Toronto is a small but growing group of concerned Catholics who are trying to make the statement that a non-violent approach to living and dealing with the world’s problems is the only solution that will work in the long term.
The PeaceWomen Programme was founded by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in 2000 to work on ensuring women’s rights and participation are not disregarded in international peace and security efforts. PeaceWomen monitors, informs, and advocates for women’s rights and participation in conflict situations and promotes gender analysis in conflict prevention.
Messages from the Vatican
- St. John Paul II World Peace Day Messages
- Pope Benedict’s World Peace Day messages
- Pope Francis World Peace Day Messages
Project Ploughshares is a non-governmental organization that works with churches, governments and civil society, in Canada and abroad, to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace.
Tap is a dynamic program that teaches college, high school and middle school students to be peace educators with elementary students. This national youth violence prevention-training program is actively “tapping” the creativity and energy of the nation’s young people to help build peaceful schools and communities.
Peace Prayer Service (Toronto Catholic District School Board)
War Child Canada
Founded in 1999, War Child Canada is an independent charitable organisation working across North America and around the world to assist children affected by war and to raise awareness for children’s rights everywhere. This site also provides a link called: ” students centre” which challenges students to become involved in discussions and awareness programs. This site also provides music, “youth talk” to ask questions, and projects to become involved with.–Lesley Macaluso
Prayer for Peace of Pope Francis (September 30, 2016)
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.
cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war;
may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness;
let the peoples so wearied by bombing experience the joy of your resurrection:
raise up Iraq and Syria from devastation;
reunite your dispersed children under your gentle kingship:
sustain Christians in the Diaspora and grant them the unity of faith and love.
O Virgin Mary, Queen of peace,
you who stood at the foot of the cross,
obtain from your Son pardon for our sins;
you who never doubted the victory of his resurrection,
sustain our faith and our hope;
you who are enthroned as Queen in glory,
teach us the royal road of service and the glory of love.