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People's Peace Initiative completed
December 2009

Pax Christi USA, the Catholic peace movement, is proud to announce the publication of the final document of the People's Peace Initiative, which started in 2003. The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns was one of the primary collaborators on this effort.

In 2003, as the U.S. Catholic church celebrated the 20th anniversary of the bishops' peace pastoral, Pax Christi USA issued an invitation to national Catholic organizations and ministries to join in developing a grassroots process of reflection that would lead to the writing of a "people's peace letter." Central to the vision are Jesus’ Gospel values and the experiences and insights of marginalized people—especially communities of color, women and the impoverished in the U.S. and around the world.

The two components of this initiative included:

  • The writing and publication of a document, based on input from small group reflection processes in parishes, dioceses, organizations, small faith communities, universities and more.
  • An invigoration of the “vocation of peace-making” and strengthening of relationships among Catholic organizations at the local level to further the work of building a more just and peace-filled world.

In the fall of 2009 - following a year of national organizing and collaboration, two years for the small group reflection process, and a little over a year for collating the input and writing the final document - Pax Christi USA published the groundbreaking document, Called to be Peacemakers: The Challenge and Promise of Peace in the 21st Century. Pax Christi USA would like to thank especially the 21 national Catholic organizations and ministries which took part in the process and the thousands of Catholics across the United States who added their voices to articulate the hopes and dreams for peace in the 21st century.

En Espanol: Llamados a Construir la Paz

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