ERICA CHENOWETH – Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the theme of â€œNonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,â€ organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International. In their concluding appeal to Pope Francis, the 80 conference participants recommended that he reject Just War Doctrine as a viable or productive Catholic tradition. They also recommended that he write a new encyclical laying out the Catholic Churchâ€™s commitment to nonviolence in all of its manifestationsâ€”including nonviolent action as a means of engaging in conflict, nonviolent conflict resolution as a way of resolving conflict, and nonviolence as the principle doctrine of the Catholic Church.
ETHICAL MARKETS – The encyclical from Pope Francis [the week of June 1, 2015] marks yet another significant milestone in our planetâ€™s march toward a global climate change agreement in Paris this December. The fact that the leader to more than 1 billion Catholicsâ€”roughly 14 percent of the worldâ€™s populationâ€”is urging action on climate change is undeniable evidence of growing support for an agreement that even global warming naysayers cannot refute.
PRESS RELEASE FROM ROOTS ACTION & OTHER GROUPS – (December 10, 2013, Washington, DC). Representatives from a broad coalition including over a hundred peace, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, environmental and community groups called upon Congressional leaders Tuesday to increase funding for a wide range of domestic programs by cutting runaway, dangerous military spending by 25 to 50%.