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"We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into
life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.
Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world."
- Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi message, 3/31/13
In his 1972 World Day of Peace Message, in which Pope Paul VI so famously said, "if you want peace, work for justice," he also wrote, "We believe that the idea of Peace still is, and still must be, dominant in human affairs, and that it becomes all the more urgent whenever and wherever it is contradicted by opposite ideas or deeds. It is a necessary idea, an imperative idea, an inspiring idea. It polarizes human aspirations, endeavours and hopes. Its nature is that of an aim, and as such it is at the base and at the goal of our activities, be they individual or collective." Reflections on previous World Day of Peace Messages by the U.S. bishops can be found on our World Day of Peace page.
Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Congo, South Sudan, and the World
On February 23rd, join with Pope Francis for a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.
Authorization for the Use of Military Force
In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bishop Oscar Cantú commends Senators Flake and Kaine for introducing a bill to update Authorization for Use of Military Force passed in 2001 and to improve Congressional oversight over when and where U.S. military force can and should be used to counter forces hostile to the United States.
Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to express support for the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 and for appropriations to implement conflict management and mitigation programs.
Conflict and Peace Building
In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 6, 2016, Bishop Oscar Cantú expresses his support for the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016 and urging increased U.S. investments in conflict prevention.
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