Vol 21 No 1 2014

Pacem In Terris In a Digital Age

Agnes M. Brazal


This paper argues that Pacem in Terris continues to be relevant in the digital era. After discussing its basic themes on peace and peacebuilding, the essay focuses on new sources of conflicts spawned in the information era and the significance and challenges of the following themes: its positive engagement with the world; the principles of truth, justice, freedom and solidarity which Pacem stressed should characterize relationships at all levels; the centrality of respect for human rights for the peace agenda; the recognition of the role of media to build bridges; and the need for transnational authority to regulate issues that go beyond territorial boundaries.