Action for Peace

We are deeply troubled by all the conflicts that are causing migrations of peoples, extreme poverty, hunger and social injustices, and we are personally committed to finding practical solutions.  We identify with the principle of universal fraternity and are committed to living according to the Golden Rule shared by all religions and people of good will:
“Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Christian text Luke 6:31).
We have started by helping in situations of need on the ground; with media campaigns, and reflections and suggestions by experts in international relations, dialogue and politics.
Through seeds of fraternity spread throughout the world, we are supporting projects, actions and initiatives aimed at making humanity become one family.
We want to bring our plea for peace, through the #signupforpeace Appeal, to the U.N., UNESCO and other national and international institutions, so that they may feel even more urged to take concrete steps towards peace, through political and legislative channels.

Action for Peace

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Online signatures: 11.981
On Paper signatures: 1.913
Total signatures: 13.894

Attentato Istanbul2The year 2017 started with the news of the umpteenth terrorist attack. Pope Francis invitation to work for peace, and from Istanbul: “We want to continue living for peace”.

«I woke up this morning, 1 January, ready to live this day and year which was just dawning – wrote a friendAttentato Istanbul from Istanbul – and the first news that hit me was that of the attack in the Reina Club Disco in the night. The immediate sense of pain and bewilderment: It can’t be true!!!

After a few hours I read the word of life of the month: “If we have really experienced His love, we cannot but love in turn, and step in with courage, wherever there is division, conflict, hatred, so as to bring harmony, peace and unity. Love enables us to launch our hearts beyond the obstacle….”

This is precisely said for me, for us, who want to continue believing and live for universal peace and brotherhood. The wishes we exchanged during the day with many friends are pervaded with a mixture of discouragement and hope.
No! We will not allow ourselves to be overcome by those who want to make us think that peace is a utopia. And from all over the world, many people make us feel that we are not alone».

And it is really true: they are not alone. Though bewildered for the enactment of so much unjust violence, we are in fact, not alone in facing the challenge to work each day for the advent of peace.
We want to respond to the appeal of Pope Francis, expressed in his message for the World Peace Day we have just celebrated:

«In 2017, let us undertake the commitment, with prayer and action, to become people who have banned violence from their hearts, words and gestures, and build non-violent communities that take care of our common home».

Source: focolare.org

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