At the Spanish/Portuguese JPIC Promoters Meeting,participants focused on two carefully planned educational experiences that promote nonviolence and peace education to school children. For the first presentation, Sr. Rosa Ramos, from the “Company of Mary,” shared about education for peace in one of the Colleges of her Congregation, in La Coruña, Andalusia, Spain. In the school, they prepared a special day on January 30, joined to the campaign of “United Hands“ (“Manos Unidas”) for the fight against hunger, through a solidarity “rice dish.” The motto was “with our arms we build a world in peace.” There were many objectives of this experience: to educate for harmony, universal love, nonviolence, and peace. The whole school participated with its teachers and students. The event included a march to the town square and there with dance and music the celebration was concluded. Sister Rosa Maria presented an interesting video about all the educational activities for peace and nonviolence held at the school. The second experience, presented by Sr. Maria Martinez Bècares of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Gerona, ctivity, was an activity at the elementary school of the Sisters in Porcuna, Andalucia, Spain. Her founder, Sr. Maria Gaitivi, was called the “Sower of Peace.” The theme of the activity was: “Project: School Space of Peace,” which starts with a diagnosis of the situation surrounding the school of “Santa Teresa,” always following the motto of the foundress Mother Maria Gay Tibau “SOWING PEACE IN THE HEARTS.” They propose to train people in peace and in ways to improve coexistence, mutual respect, and thus promote the Culture of Peace.
Contributor: Juan Carrasquilla Ossa, SDS, International JPIC Coordinator
Since the publication of Motu proprio and its statues in 2016, women and men religious have had a strong desire to better understand its message. In a session on May 8, as part of the interactive dialogue arranged by the JPIC Secretariat, Dott. Flaminia Giovanelli (Undersecretary of the Dicastery) stated that, “the establishment of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is indicative of the continuous commitment of the Church towards the poor.” Her
statement highlights the relevance of this document for the mission of JPIC and its partners. In the last two centuries, encyclicals such as Rerum Novarum, Popolorum Progressio, and Pastor Bonus, as well as the establishment of the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace, have contributed to the Church’s concern for the sick, the hungry, and the poor. The Dicastery is not only inspired by these efforts, but is rooted in Vatican Council II, which strove to “arouse the Catholic community to promote the progress of areas which are in want, and foster social justice between nations.” (GS 90)
Pope Francis created the Dicastery to facilitate the combination of four Pontifical Councils: Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People, and Health Care Workers. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who formerly headed the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has been nominated the Prefect of the Dicastery and the section for the care of refugees and migrants (Statute 1.4) which is directly under the guidance of the Pope himself. The JPIC session began with a blessing prayer for the Dicastery written by Sr. Joanne Bednar, SCC and was followed by a summary of the Dicastery’s main points by Dott. Giovanelli. The Dicastery develops the Social Teachings of the Church, promotes the spirit of the Gospel within social, economic and political relations, and evaluates information gathered from social issues, such as work with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also updates Episcopal Conferences by appropriate assistance to churches that care for needy populations and by coordinating initiatives of Catholic Institutions to address urgent needs and provide disaster relief services. While still in the making, the Dicastery is large with 60 staff to date.
Contributor: Vincent Anesthasiar cmf.
Dicastery PowerPoint available in English and Spanish at
Holy See Note on 2030 Agenda for SDGs: English and Spanish.
On the Picture - Sr. Maria Martinez Bècares, SJG Juan Carrasquilla Ossa, SDS and Dott. Flaminia Giovanelli.
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