Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

What is Catholic Peacebuilding?

Three CPN Steering Committee members, Robert J. Schreiter, R. Scott Appleby, and Gerald F. Powers, edited Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis, published by Orbis Books in 2010. In this volume a strong cast of Catholic theologians, ethicists, and scholar-practitioners join to examine the challenge of peacebuilding in theory and practice. While many of the essays deal with general themes of reconciliation, forgiveness, interreligious dialogue, and human rights, there are also case studies of peacebuilding in such diverse contexts as Colombia, the Philippines, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Indonesia, and South Africa. This volume will be of interest to all scholars engaged in developing a theology and ethic of just peace, as well as students seeking to understand the interaction between theology, ethics, and lived Christianity.

Here are some general publications on religion, peacebuilding and the role of the Church:

Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview and Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders by Mark M. Rogers, Tom Bamat and Julie Ideh, eds., 2008 is a Catholic Relief Services publication that provides case studies on religion and peacbuilding. Language: English (PDF document 3607K) | Spanish ( PDF Document 3225K)

Fr. Paul Lansu of the General Secretariate of Pax Christi International, Spirituality of Advocacy—Pax Christi (PDF document).

Beth Griffin of Catholic News Service wrote a summary of the CPN conference at UN Headquarters, New York, NY UN-Peacebuilding Oct. 10, 2008 (PDF document).

The Peacebulding Initiative, developed by Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research International in partnership with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, has a website dedicated to religion and peacebuilding.

These presentations were made CPN’s conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding held from April 13-15, 2008, at the University of Notre Dame:

Archbishop John Onaiyekanb, "Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria, The Role of Bishops in Peace Building (PDF document).

Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye, Archdiocese of Bujumbura, Burundi, Bishops’ Role in the Great Crisis in Burundi (PDF document).

R. Scott Appleby of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies presented on The Many Dimensions of Catholic Peacebuilding (PDF document).

Myla Leguro, Catholic Relief Services, Mindanao, the Philippines presented on the Mindanao Experience (PDF document).

Msgr. Hector Fabio Henao of Caritas Colombia The Long Journey Back to Humanity: A Catholic Theology of Dialogue with Armed Actors (PDF document).

Laurie Johnston of Emanuel Colleage and Sant’ Egidio, Models of Church Engagement with Peacebuilding (PDF document).