13/01/2012 1:45 pm
This weekend, on 15 January, parishes around the country will be marking Peace Sunday and promoting Pope Benedict’s annual Peace Day message with its theme this year, "Educating young people in justice and peace".
Pax Christi has promoted Peace Sunday since the 1970s and is encouraged that each year the number of parishes celebrating Peace Sunday increases.
In his letter to parishes, Bishop Malcolm McMahon, National president of Pax Christi wrote: "I am particularly encouraged this year as the theme links my role with Pax Christi with my role as Chair of the Catholic Education Service.
"The theme will allow both parishes and schools to reflect on how we offer our young people opportunities to learn about the Gospel call to peace-making and also how we learn from young people themselves through the many activities and projects for peace and justice that they are involved with already".
Pax Christi has a long involvement in education for peace with schools and young people. A new resource, Elements of Peace offers a collection of mini-workshops, activities and reflections designed to introduce young people to key themes in Christian peacemaking.
Pope Benedict’s 2012 Peace Day message: " Educating young people in justice and peace ".
Parishes can find resources to support the celebration of Peace Sunday on the Pax Christi website.