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Saint Francis, Peacemaker

“Being a peacemaker,” Friar Murray Bodo says, “can be a thankless task.” But the role of the peacemaker is essential. Saint Francis of Assisi surely understood that. He embraced those who were categorized as “the enemy” and offered himself as a living bridge of peace. 
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What Is a True Peacemaker?

What does it mean to be a peacemaker? Do we stay detached from conflict and simply pray? It's not that simple. "Peace involves some kind of reconciliation," Murray Bodo, OFM, says. The Franciscan thing to do is to position ourselves between conflict and be living bridges of peace. Enjoy this week's Friar Friday video about building peace in our cities, our country, and our world.
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Nelson Mandela: Prophet of Peace

On December 10, 2013, the eyes, ears, and hearts of the world were focused on Soweto, South Africa, on the occasion of a memorial service to remember the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Mandela will be remembered for a great many things, including his commitment to peacemaking and nonviolence in his later years. However, in a way unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi, with whom Mandela will be remembered as a great world leader of liberation, Mandela’s relationship to nonviolence and peacemaking was especially complex.
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