Vatican conference urges end to doctrine of 'just wars'

April 14, 2016 6:26 PM

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VATICAN CITY – Participants at a Vatican conference have called for the Catholic Church to renounce its "just war" theory and for Pope Francis to write an encyclical on nonviolence and "just peace."

Church teaching has long allowed for "just wars" — the use of force to stop an unjust aggression — as long as certain conditions are met.

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