April 9, 2010 News Brief
Report: Peace at Risk in Sudan? Denis Hurley Peace Institute
Resource: Social Network Page, Justpeace in Mindanao
Article: Reconciliation and Justice: Ethical Guidance for a Broken World by David Hollenbach, SJ
Conference Report: African Movement of Catholic Action
Event: Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia, April 18 & 19
Web cast: Extracting Natural Resources with People in Mind: Addressing Root Causes of Conflict and Poverty, April 14
Resource: Toolkit by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Peace at Risk in Sudan? Denis Hurley Peace Institute
On March 30, the Denis Hurley Peace Institute, sponsored by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), issued a report analyzing the current situation in Sudan, five years after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended 22 years of civil war. For the full report see: http://www.sacbc.org.za/Site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418:the-inside-story-from-sudan&catid=1:latest&Itemid=100.
Social Network Page, Justpeace in Mindanao
Fr. Jun Mercado, OMI, long involved in working for peace in Mindanao, has a social network page, Justpeace, which has current information and commentary on the conflict. See http://justpeace.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network . His blog entry on the 10th anniversary of the initiation of the Filipino government’s all-out war policy against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can be found at http://blogs.gmanews.tv/jun-mercado/.
Reconciliation and Justice: Ethical Guidance for a Broken World by David Hollenbach SJ
In a world deeply divided by injustice reconciliation is an urgent need if the divisions that set people against each other are to be healed. Both the injustice and the longing for reconciliation were visibly evident to David Hollenbach, SJ during the months spent recently at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, and visiting Jesuit Refugee Service in the eastern Africa region. For the full article: http://sjweb.info/sjs/pjnew/PJShow.cfm?pubTextID=8469.
African Movement of Catholic Action
From March 10 to 14, the Centre Saint-François d’Assise at Kicukiro (Kigali, Rwanda) hosted the Fourth Continental Meeting of the African Movement of Catholic Action. The final document “Movements of Catholic Action, at the service of Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace” in Italian is at bottom of Fides page. (Agenzia Fides 20/03/2010) http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=26322&lan=eng
Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia, April 18 & 19
Join faith communities in Colombia, U.S. and Canada to pray for an end to the Colombian conflict and act for government policy changes that reflect the values of God’s kingdom. Visit: washington.mcc.org/days.
Extracting Natural Resources with People in Mind: Addressing Root Causes of Conflict and Poverty
This Catholics Confront Global Poverty web cast will explore issues around the extraction of natural resources in the developing world such as the links between minerals and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Wednesday, April 14, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. To register for the web cast: http://actioncenter.crs.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=3280
Religion and Peacebuilding Toolkit by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
An example of efforts to improve governmental engagement with religion is a new USAID toolkit on religion and peacebuilding. It is “intended to help USAID staff and their implementing partners understand the opportunities and challenges inherent to development programming in conflicts where religion is a key component.” The toolkit contains summaries of four actual USAID programs that have successfully engaged religious actors. This toolkit can be downloaded at http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/conflict/publications/docs/Religion_Conflict_and_Peacebuilding_Toolkit.pdf
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) is a voluntary network of practitioners, academics, clergy and laity from around the world which seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding, especially at the local level. The CPN aims to deepen bonds of solidarity among Catholic peacebuilders, share and analyze “best practices,” expand the peacebuilding capacity of the Church in areas of conflict, and encourage the further development of a theology of a just peace. While it is a Catholic network, the CPN believes that authentic and effective Catholic peacebuilding involves dialogue and collaboration with those of other religious traditions and all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world.
Joe Bock, Associate Coordinator
Cathy Laake, Program Assistant
Catholic Peacebuilding Network
100 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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