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Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service’s mission is to foster justice, peace and the well-being of all through education, resources, and action for nonviolent change.

Founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service is now an independent, non-denominational 501(c)3 organization spreading the power of nonviolence. “Pace e Bene” (pronounced “pah-chay bay-nay”) is an Italian greeting from St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi meaning “Peace and all Good.”  It is a blessing, a hope, and a way of acknowledging the sacredness of those whom we encounter. Read more of our history here.

For decades Pace e Bene has led trainings around the world, created resources for change and organized many campaigns and movements for nonviolence. In 2006 Pace e Bene Australia launched as well!

Pace e Bene has been involved with many efforts for nonviolent change in the United States and internationally, including Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative which is encouraging Pope Francis to write the first encyclical on nonviolence. Learn more here.

In 2014 Pace e Bene launched its most comprehensive project yet—Campaign Nonviolence, a long-term movement for a culture of active nonviolence, connecting the dots between war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction.

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