A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Interfaith Sacred Space opens at Saint Mary's College

Smelling the sheep
— and alpacas and cows — in Andes

Jubilee of Mercy

'Be merciful like the Father, change the world through mercy'

Mercy: what was behind the door,
and beyond

Pope Francis thanks missionaries

Guadalupe pilgrims offer prayers, silence for fire victims

Thanksgiving at
St. Cornelius School

Christmas Liturgies

More parishes announce Simbang Gabi events

Devotion to
St. Nicholas
— Santa Claus

Deacon Dave Rezendes'
light display

Post-election protest

Strong participation
at Requiem Mass

Salesians offer January workshops


Meet the spirit of
St. Peter Claver
in Colombia

Presentation Sisters take a Bay cruise
on Presidential
Yacht Potomac

Pax Christi assembly hears about building a just peace

Winners announced from Voice contests


Federico Ceja

Sister Michele
Kopp, OP

Rev. Paul Devine

FACE helps
children with
tuition assistance

placeholder December 12, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Pax Christi assembly hears about building a just peace

The annual assembly of Pax Christi, Northern California, was held Nov. 12 at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland. The theme was "Building a Just Peace in a Conflicted World."

The keynote speaker was Ken Butigan, director of Pace e Bene, a nonprofit organization teaching Christian non-violence. He also works with Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, an international group that co-sponsored, along with the Vatican, the "Nonviolence and Just Peace" conference held in Rome last April. In his address, Butigan spoke about the power of nonviolence to change the world and the broad support among religious leaders at the conference in Rome for pursuing "just peace" instead of "just war."

The assembly at St. Elizabeth also included breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to peace and justice.

Stephanie Van Hook, executive director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, shared her techniques on teaching peace to young children. Jackie Cabasso, an advocate against nuclear weapons, spoke on the urgency of eliminating all nuclear weapons. A session on ethical policing was presented by Deacon Reginald Lyles, a retired police captain. Ejaz Naqvi, a frequent speaker at interfaith events, spoke on the communalities between the Christian and Muslim faiths. José Luis Gómez, who serves with Catholic Worker, advised the participants of the best ways to assist immigrants who have recently arrived. Nicholas Dresler, a Bishop O'Dowd senior and winner of the Pax Christi multimedia contest on building peace, showed his presentation on the ministry to the poor and elderly at St. Mary's Center in Oakland.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2016 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.