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War and Peace


"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.

News Release: U.S. Bishops’ Chairman of International Justice and Peace Committee Shares Solidarity with Pope Francis Calling for Cessation of Hostilities and Greater Humanitarian Access
Bishop David J. Malloy, April 8, 2020

Global Fragility Act of 2019
In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, President of Catholic Relief Services, write to support, as a means of reaching out to the peripheries of our world and to serve the most vulnerable and neglected, the Global Fragility Act of 2019.

Backgrounder on Conflict and Catholic Peacebuilding
February 2019

Detention Facilities at Guantanamo Bay
In an April 10, 2018 letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio expresses concern about indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay.

Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018
Expressing support for the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 as a means of reducing the number of violent conflicts, deaths and forcibly displaced persons, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio writes to Congress and urges the addition of language about forging strategic partnerships with faith-based groups.

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.

Arms Trade

Conscience, War and Peace


Nuclear Weapons

September 11

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