An Encyclical on Nonviolence: An Anticipatory Approach


Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

In his encyclical on Nonviolence, Pope Francis will be uniquely inspired :
examples of applications of Jesus` teachings will be required

In Pope Francis` Encyclical on Nonviolence, he will show how Christ`s
compassionate love and mercy can be manifested both toward all persons
and communities
and also as an internal spiritual grace

In Pope Francis` Encyclical on Nonviolence, he will show how
Peace, Nonviolence, and Nonkilling are interconnected and how globally
shared efforts toward a killing-free world
can be effected

In Pope Francis` Encyclical on Nonviolence the theory of just war will
be replaced by a theory and praxis of nurturing and sustaining peace.


Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at

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