Instruments of Reconciliation

A National Campaign to Amplify Active Nonviolence in the U.S. Catholic Church

Blessed Paul VI, in the first World Day of Peace Message, boldly declared “Peace is the only true direction of human progress.”

Fifty years later, Pope Francis claimed, “Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation.” (50th World Day of Peace, para. 3).

We Must Not Only pray, but Act

Dear Friends,

As followers of Jesus Christ and St. Francis and St. Clare, we know that violence is never the answer.  

We are horrified by the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and the fact that someone took advantage of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest to cause chaos and violence.

We are horrified by the shootings of Alton Sterling‬ and ‪‎Philando Castile‬ by police in Baton Rouge, LA and just outside St. Paul Minnesota.

The Sultan and the Saint Project

With the rise of new forms of extremism across the Middle East and North Africa, Christians and Muslims around the world are facing a media narrative that pits both communities against one another. FAN is excited to be partnering with Muslim film production company Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) to bring about a film that will serve as a counter-narrative to inspire Muslims, Christians, and others to take risks for peace and greater understanding.

Letter to Administration Offers Alternatives to Military Action in Iraq

Over 50 organizations including FAN, signed a recent letter to president Obama offering lists of alternatives to deal with the situation in Iraq.

"While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer," the 53 clergy, theologians and religious sisters and brothers write in the Aug. 27th open letter.