Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

Conference Papers

Papers presented during the conference in Bujumbura, Burundi from July 24-28, 2006 include:

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Most Reverend Jean NTAGWARARA, Bishop of Bubanza; President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi

Introduction to the Conference, Scott APPLEBY, Steering Committee, Catholic Peacebuilding Network and opening comments by Dorothy MADISON-SECK, Regional Director, CRS Central Africa

The Search for Peace in Burundi by Most Reverend Paul GALLAGHER, Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi

Letter from Cardinal Angelo SODANO, Vatican Secretary of State (PDF document)

Contextualization: The Struggle for Peace in the Great Lakes Region by Most Reverend Joachim NTAHONDEREYE, Bishop of Muyinga, Burundi along with other presentations including a paper by Most Reverend François-Xavier “MAROY”, Archbishop of Bukavu, DRC and a paper by Fr. Antoine KAMBANDA, Rector, Major Seminary, Kabgayi, Rwanda

The Church in the DRC: Promoting Political Change by Most Reverend François-Xavier MAROY, Archbishop of Bukavu

Statement delivered at the Reception at the Apostolic Nunciature by the host, Archbishop Paul GALLAGHER, Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi

The Church in Rwanda : Reconciliation through Base Communities by Fr. Fabien “RWAKAREKE”, Pastorale d’ensemble, Diocese of Nyundo, with a paper by Jean Claude NGENDANDUMWE, Project Officer, Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission of Rwanda, and another paper on the same topic by Simon GASIBEREGE, Professor of Psychopedagogy, Rwanda National University

Linking Theology, Ethics and Praxis: A Synthesis by Scott APPLEBY, Regan Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, and another paper on the same topic by Lisa “CAHILL”, Professor of Theology, Boston College

The Church in Burundi: Trauma Healing by Fr. Emmanuel Ntakarutimana, O.P., Director of Ubuntu, broke his presentation into four PDF documents:Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

David NIYONZIMA also provided a paper on Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (Powerpoint presentation).

The Church as Peacebuilder: A vision and analysis of the Church’s role in the Great Lakes region based in Catholic social teaching and theology by Most Reverend Gervais BANSHIMIYUBUSA, Bishop of Ngozi, Burundi, and on the same subject another paper by Paul RUTAYISIRE, Director, Justice and Peace Program, CRS Rwanda

The Challenge of Solidarity I: How can the Church in the Great Lakes region strengthen its collaboration on peacebuilding?, by Most Reverend Frédéric RUBWEJANGA, Bishop of Kibungo, President, Rwandan Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace

The Challenge of Solidarity II: How can the Church from outside the region contribute to peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region? (PDF document) by Cesar Villanueva, Former Vice-President, Pax Christi International, along with related presentations covered in this paper by Fr. don Francesco TEDESCHI, Communita’ di Sant’ Egidio, Rome, another paper by Most Reverend John RICARD, International Policy Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and another paper by Most Reverend John “ONAIYEKAN”, Archbishop of Abuja, President, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar