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Italy Kicks off ‘Leaders for Peace’ Campaign, Eyes Post-Pandemic World

The project is committed to training future peace leaders as a first concrete step in the post-pandemic recovery process.

Italy continues its outreach efforts of the Leaders for Peace campaign, standing alongside the young students of Rondine Cittadella della Pace in the post-pandemic restart.

The global campaign was presented to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday. It was organized by the Italian Embassy to the Holy See together with Rondine Cittadella della Pace.

Leaders for Peace responds to the need to make a concrete gesture to spread a culture of peace and aims to draw attention to the message of these young people, who have experienced hatred, armed conflict, and the deception of the enemy.

These relate not only to older conflicts that the pandemic seems to have dangerously brought back on the international scene, but also completely new conflicts that lacerate global society.

Support of the Catholic Church

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Photo from Rondine Citadel of Peace Facebook

As part of their mission, the young people of Rondine are again asking States to sign the “Appeal for Peace” of the Leaders for Peace campaign. (Read: Filipino Church Choir Bags Top Prize at World Competition)

They say the appeal is for a concrete commitment in the training of young leaders of peace who are able to intervene in the main contexts of conflict in the world. It is also for the inclusion of the teaching and education of human rights in national education systems, integrated with the experiments of the Rondine Method on the creative transformation of conflicts, which has enabled them to become ambassadors of peace.

Along with them are the leaders of the Mediterranean Frontier of Peace project, supported by the Italian Bishops’ Conference and carried out in collaboration with Caritas Italiana and Rondine Cittadella della Pace.

Rondine Citadella della Pace

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Photos from Rondine.org

Founded in 1998 by Franco Vaccari, Rondine Cittadella della Pace is an organization committed to the reduction of armed conflicts in the world and to the dissemination of its method for the creative transformation of conflicts.

Through the International Studentate-World House, the association annually welcomes young people from countries that are experiencing or have lived through wars and conflicts. (Read: Pope Approves Launching of Virtual ‘Fratelli Tutti’ School)

They go through two years of training and coexistence to discover the person in their “enemy” and become ambassadors of peace in their countries to contribute to the resolution of conflicts.

With its training courses, Rondine encourages young people to become leaders of themselves and their communities, and actors of change in civil society. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the realization of a socially sustainable habitat free of armed conflict, in which each person has the tools to develop peaceful and generative relationships.

In 2015, Rondine Cittadella della Pace has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 


Text by Vatican News staff writer.

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