Catholic Peacebuilding Network

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Bibliographic References

Bibliography compiled by Fr. Jean Nyembo, SJ

The Church’s Role in Peacebuilding

  • Assefa, Hizkias and George Wachira, eds. Peacemaking and Democratization in Africa. Nairobi : East African Educational Publishers, 1996.
  • Association des Conférences Episcopales de l’Afrique Centrale. L’ACEAC face au défi de la Paix en Afrique des Grands Lacs. Numéro spécial. Kinshasa : Editions du Secrétariat Général de l’A.C.E.A.C., 2004.
  • Calvez, Jean-Yves. translated by John E. Blewett. Faith and Justice: The Social Dimension of Evangelization. St Louis, MO: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1991.
  • Cahill, Lisa Sowle. Love your Enemies. Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994.
  • Cosmao, Vincent. Changing the World: An Agenda for the Churches. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1984.
  • Cote, G. Richard. Re-visioning Mission: The Catholic Church in the Post-Modern Divide. Ottawa: St. Paul University Press, 1995.
  • de Gruchy, John W. and Martin, S. Religion and the Reconstruction of Civil Society. Pretoria: University of South Africa, 1995.
  • Djereke Jean-Claude and Kä Mana. L’engagement politique du clergé catholique en Afrique noire. Paris: Karthala, 2001.
  • Donahue, James and M. Theresa Moser, eds. Religion, Ethics, and the Common Good. Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publishers, 1996.
  • Ela, Jean-Marc. African Cry. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1986.
  • Ela, Jean-Marc. My Faith as an African. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1988.
  • Getui, N. Mary and Kanyandago, Peter eds. From Violence to Peace: A Challenge for African Christianity. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 1999.
  • Getui, Mary and Musyomi Wasye, eds. Overcoming Violence: A Faith-Based Response. Nairobi: Kenafric Diaries Limited, 2003.
  • Gifford, Paul, ed. The Christian Churches and the Democratisation of Africa. New York: E.J. BRILL, 1995.
  • Gitari, David M. Responsible Church Leadership. Nairobi: Acton, 2005.
  • Hollenbach, David. The Common Good and Christian Ethics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • David Hollenbach, S.J.. The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2003.
  • Kanyandago, Peter, ed. The Cries of the Poor in Africa: Questions and Responses for African Christianity. Kasubi: Marianum Publishing Company Limited, 2002.
  • Kastfelt, Niels. Religion and African Civil Wars. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Kiriswa, Benjamin. “African Model of Church as Family: Implications on Ministry and Leadership.” AFER 43/3 (June, 2001): 99-108.
  • Kobia, Samuel. The Courage to Hope: A Challenge for Churches in Africa. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2003.
  • Laurentin, René. Liberation, Development, and Salvation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1972.
  • Massaro, Thomas and Shannon, Thomas. Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003.
  • Michel, Jean-Claude et Hermann Hochegger. L’Eglise du Burundi en recherche de paix et de renouveau: enquête organisée sur demande des évêques catholiques du Burundi. Antenne d’Autriche, 2001.
  • Minani, Rigobert. Le rôle politique de l’Eglise aujourd’hui en Afrique. Bukavu, DR Congo: Editions du Groupe Jérémie, 1995.
  • Minani, Rigobert. Existe-t-il une doctrine socio-politique de l’Eglise? Kinshasa : Editions du CEPAS, 2000.
  • Mugambi, J.N.K. ed. The Church and the Future of Africa. Nairobi: AACC, 1997.
  • ______________. “The Christian Ideal of Peace and Political Reality in Africa,” in Mary N. Getui and Peter Kanyango, eds. From Violence to Peace: A Challenge for African Christianity. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 1999.
  • ______________. “Principles and Traditions of Peacemaking in Africa,” in Mary Getui and Wasye M. Musyoni, eds. Overcoming Violence: A Faith-Based Approach. Nairobi: NCCK, 2003.
  • Mugambi, J.N.K. and Frank Kürschner-Pelkmann. Church-State Relations: A Challenge for African Christianity. Nairobi: Acton, 2004.
  • Tarimo, Aquiline and Paulin Manwelo. African Peacemaking and Governance. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2007.
  • Ukpong, S. Justin. “Option for the Poor: A Modern Challenge for the Church in Africa.” AFER 36/6 (December, 1994): 350-366.

Education for Peace

  • Shorter, Aylward. African Culture: An Overview. Nairobi: St Paul Publications, 1998.
  • Spohn, C. William. “Spirituality and Ethics: Exploring the Connections.” Theological Studies, 58, 1, March, 1997.
  • _______________. Go and Do Likewise: Jesus and Ethics. New York: Continuum, 2006.
  • Stackhouse, P. J. The Social Ideals of the Lord’s Prayer. Boston: The Griffith and Rowland Press, 1916.
  • Stassen, Glen. Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.
  • Stenger, Fritz, ed. Africa is Not a Dark Continent. Tangaza College Institute of Social Ministry, “Proceedings of the Congress of the Institute of Social Ministry, celebrating 10 years of involvement in the social transformation of Africa, 23-27 February 2004.” Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2005.
  • Thomas, F. A. The Lord’s Prayer in Times Such as These. St Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press. 2002.
  • Tutu, Mpilo Desmond. God Has A Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time. New York: Doubleday, 2004.

Human Rights and Development

  • Mugambi, J.N.K. From Liberation to Reconstruction: African Christian Theology After the Cold War. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1995.
  • ______________, ed. Democracy and Development in Africa: The Role of Churches. Nairobi: AACC, 1997.
  • ______________. Christian Theology and Social Reconstruction. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2003.
  • Mukanya, Kaninda Muan, Jean-Bruno Mukanya Kaninda-Muana and Antoine Fleury. Eglise catholique et pouvoir au Congo/Zaïre: enjeux, options et négociations du changement social à Kinshasa, 1945-1997. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2008.
  • Mulemi, A. Benson and Others. Christian Perspective on Property and Socioeconomic Development in Africa. Nairobi: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, 2003.
  • Sundman, Per. Human Rights, Justification, and Christian Ethics. Stockholm: Uppsala, 1996.
  • Tarimo, Aquiline. Applied Ethics and Africa’s Social Reconstruction. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2005.
  • Zalot, D. Josef. The Roman Catholic Church and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York : University Press of America, 2002.

Peace Processes

  • Butselaar, Jan van. Church and Peace in Africa: The Role of the Churches in the Peace Process. Assen, Netherlands: Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2001.p.


  • Appleby, Scott. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.
  • Assefa, Hizkias. Peace and Reconciliation as a Paradigm: A Philosophy of Peace and its Implications on Conflict, Governance, and Economic Growth in Africa. Nairobi:a Nairobi Peace Initiative, 1993.
  • Battle, Michael. Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1997.
  • Bole, William. “Forgiveness Makes Future Possible.” National Catholic Reporter, October 12, 2001.
  • Chapman, R. Audrey and Bernard Spong, eds. Religion and Reconciliation in South Africa: Voices of Religious Leaders. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2003.
  • Cochrane James, De Gruchy, John and Martin Stephen, eds. Facing the Truth: South African Faith Communities and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Cape Town: David Philip Publishers Limited, 1999.
  • Conseil Pontifical Justice et Paix Caritas Internationalis. La Paix fruit de la réconciliation. Kinshasa: Filles de Saint Paul, 2002.
  • Gunton, Colin E, ed. The Theology of Reconciliation. New York: T & T Clark, A Continuum Imprint, 2003.
  • Helmick, G. Raymond, and Rodney Petersen L. eds. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict Transformation. Philadelphia: Templeton Press, 2001.
  • Lederach, John Paul. The Journey Toward Reconciliation. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1999.
  • Magesa, Laurenti and Zablon Nthamburi, eds. Democracy and Reconciliation: A Challenge for African Christianity. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 1999.
  • Minow, Martha. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence. Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 1998.
  • Mitchell, Margaret M. Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation: An Exegetical Investigation of the Language and Composition of 1 Corinthians. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1991.
  • Mugambi, J.N.K. “Churches and Reconciliation of Society and Democracy: Some Reflections from the African Heritage” in Hizkias Assefa and George Wachira, eds. Peacemaking and Democratization in Africa. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1996.
  • Niyonzima, David, Lon Fendall, David P Rawson and Debbie Ellingsworth. Unlocking Horns: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Burundi. Barclay Press, 2001.
  • Schreiter, Robert J. The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1998.
  • Shorter, Aylward. “Reconciliation in African Traditional Spiritualities.” Tangaza Occasional Papers, 4, Nairobi: St. Paul Publications, 1997.
  • Tombs, David and Liechty, Joseph, eds. Explorations in Reconciliation: New Directions in Theology. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2006.
  • Tuhabonye, Gilbert and Gary Brozek. This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness. HarperCollins, 2006.
  • Tutu, Mpilo Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness. London: Rider, 1999.
  • Wilson, A. Richard. The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa : Legitimazing the Post-Apartheid State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Refugees and Displaced

  • Agbonkhianmeghe, E. Orobator. From Crisis to Kairos: The Mission of the Church in the Time of HIV/AIDS, Refugees, and Poverty. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2005.
  • Hollenbach, David, ed. Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2008.


  • Omondi, Opondgo Elias. Making Choices for Peace: Aid Agencies in Field Diplomacy. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2006.
  • Uzukwu, Elochukwu. A Listening Church: Autonomy and Communion in African Churches. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1996.
  • Wambua, Mulwa Francis. Enabling the Rural Poor Through Participation. Eldoret: AMECEA Gaba Publicaitons, 1994.