Pope Francis has issued his prayer intention for the month of April, calling for a “nonviolent culture” in the world. In a video message, the Pope emphasized the importance of promoting peace and nonviolence, and urged people of all faiths and backgrounds to work towards creating a more just and harmonious society.
“Violence is not the cure for our broken world,” the Pope said. “Countering violence with violence leads at best to forced migrations and enormous suffering, because vast amounts of resources are diverted to military ends and away from the everyday needs of young people, families experiencing hardship, the elderly, the infirm, and the great majority of people in our world.”
The Pope’s call for nonviolence comes at a time when many parts of the world are experiencing conflict and unrest, with millions of people displaced and suffering as a result. Francis emphasized the need for dialogue, compassion, and understanding in resolving conflicts, and urged individuals and governments to prioritize the well-being of all people, especially the most vulnerable.
The Pope’s prayer intention is part of a monthly series in which he highlights a particular issue or concern and invites people around the world to join him in prayer and reflection. By focusing on the theme of nonviolence in April, Francis is reminding us of our shared responsibility to work towards a more peaceful and just world, and to reject the culture of violence and aggression that too often dominates our societies.
As we enter a new month, let us take the Pope’s words to heart and commit ourselves to building a culture of nonviolence, compassion, and solidarity in our communities and in the world.