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NONVIOLENCE: The Witness of Oscar Romero and the Nonviolence Initiative of the Catholic Church

25th April 2017

7:00 PM

Oxford Place Centre, Leeds LS1 3AX

The Diocese of Leeds Justice & Peace Commission is pleased to host a rare opportunity to come and hear about new thinking in the Catholic Church - reorienting our thinking from 'Just War' theory to 'Just Peace' theory. Two outstanding speakers known internationally for their work on peace will lead this meeting.


Bishop Kevin Dowling is co-chair of Pax Christi International and has a wealth of experience working for human rights and social justice. He is Bishop of Rustenberg in South Africa. He has been Chairman of the International Sudan Ecumenical Forum through which he engaged in the Sudan Peace Process. As a trustee of the Ecumenical Solidarity Peace Trust, he is involved in research of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. Bishop Kevin has also been involved in the Pax Christi International / Catholic Nonviolence Initiative on Nonviolence and Justpeacemaking, participating in the Rome 2016 Conference and in more recent meetings with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in December 2016.


Pat Gaffney is general Secretary of Pax Christi UK. She is a member of the international working group that set up the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and helped to facilitate the inaugural Rome conference in April 2016. She has spoken at innumerable conferences and is an outstanding contributor to peace work both here and internationally.


This event is free to attend, though a collection will be taken to help defray some of the expenses. Those attending are asked to register a place by following the link here, as places are limited. See the Justice & Peace website for more details: http://www.leedsjp.org.uk


A flyer for this event may be downloaded by clicking the link here.