By the editor of Vatican News
Italy continues its Leaders for Peace campaign outreach efforts, alongside the young students of Rondine Cittadella della Pace in the post-pandemic reboot.
The global campaign was presented Monday to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.
The initiative, organized by the Italian Embassy to the Holy See in collaboration with Rondine Cittadella della Pace, 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 known 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 to the international stage, but also to entirely new conflicts that are tearing global society apart.
For this reason, the young people of Rondine are today once again asking the States to sign the Call for Peace campaign by Leaders for Peace: for a concrete commitment in the training of young leaders for peace, capable of intervening in the main conflict contexts around the world; but also for the inclusion of teaching and education in human rights in national educational systems, integrated into the experiments of the Rondine Method on the creative transformation of conflicts, which enabled them to become ambassadors of the peace.
Support from the Catholic Church
Alongside them are also leaders of the Mediterranean Frontier of Peace project, supported by the Italian Episcopal Conference and carried out in collaboration with Caritas Italiana and Rondine Cittadella della Pace, which calls on them to design projects with social impact in their dioceses, in collaborating to develop networking actions throughout the Mediterranean.
Rondine Citadella della Pace
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 his method of creative conflict transformation (Method Rondine).
Through the International Studentate-World House, the association welcomes young people each year from countries that know or have lived through wars and conflicts. They go through two years of training and coexistence to discover the person in their “enemy” and become ambassadors of peace in their country to contribute to the resolution of conflicts.
With its training, Rondine encourages young people to become leaders of themselves, of their communities and actors of change in civil society, in the continuous search for the common good. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the achievement of a socially sustainable habitat, free from armed conflict, in which each person has the tools necessary to develop peaceful and generative relationships. In 2015, Rondine Cittadella della Pace was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.