Justice and Peace Issues

Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more. This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around. And even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization.”
A few suggestions for the day:
1. Observe the global “Minute of Silence” at midday to create a “peace wave” across the planet.
2. Host a global peace feast: Bring people together with a ‘global’ potluck, encouraging others to share a unique dish from various countries or cultures. Breaking bread together is one of the oldest yet most effective ways to bring peace into your life. Interfaith and intercultural discussions can make the event even richer.
For more ideas and information, visit the United Nations World Day of Peace page.

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative Days of Action (9/21-10/2)

Pax Christi International invites us to promote and celebrate nonviolence between September 21 (International Day of Peace) and October 2 (International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s birthday).
This year’s theme is ‘Blessed are the feet of those who bring nonviolence’. It calls for embracing the work of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and the Vow of Nonviolence. Click here for more information and resources.
We might ask ourselves today:
– At this time in my life, what nourishes my heart, what fills my thoughts and motivates my commitments?
– Does Jesus and his nonviolent way of life make a difference in my life?
– When and how do I share the joy of Gospel nonviolence with others?
– Consider making a commitment to prayer and action in solidarity with someone or a group of people suffering injustice in your area (refugees, the abused, abandoned elderly, and prisoners.)
– Pray and work towards a better understanding of someone or a group who leaves you confused, irritated, or angry.














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