An Encyclical That Will Dignify Humanity: An Anticipatory Plea


Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Pope Francis` contribution to World Peace will never cease
if as the climax of his papacy  he writes an Encyclical on  Nonviolent  Peace
inspired by Christ`s nonviolent peacemaking
This new papal letter to the Bishops: how influential will it be?
It will help redefine Peace and implement it as a globally dignifying-unifying power
It will help overcome tensions between/among persons/nations
and it will  illuminate  national governments efforts to ensure the right to nonviolent security to all their citizens
May this humble anticipatory Plea be deserving of consideration by the Holy See.

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, ABA Global Education ( He can be reached at


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