Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
|Palazzo San Calisto
Piazza San Calisto, 16
I - 00120 Cité du Vatican
Tel: +39 06 69 87 99 11
Fax: +39 06 69 88 72 05
Representative: Bernard Munono
The Second Vatican Council had proposed the creation of a body of the universal Church whose role would be "to stimulate the Catholic Community to foster progress in needy regions and social justice on the international scene" (Gaudium et Spes, No. 90). It was in reply to this request that Pope Paul VI established the Pontifical Commission "Justitia et Pax".
He succinctly stated of the new body that "its name, which is also its programme, is Justice and Peace". Pope John Paul II changed its name from Commission to Pontifical Council and reconfirmed the general lines of its work.
The objectives and mandate of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace have been defined in the aim of promoting justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church. The Pontifical Council aims as well at heightening awareness of the need to promote peace, above all on the occasion of the World Day of Peace.