The Catholic Church is a vocal and committed actor in the struggle for a negotiated and just peace in Colombia. The legitimacy, organizational capacity, resources and leadership of the Catholic Church in Colombia have enabled the Church to bring together conflicting sectors of Colombian society to mobilize and empower the Colombian people to search for paths to lasting peace. Church leaders have been engaged at every level of peace building, from official peace processes to grassroots initiatives. The guiding values of the Catholic Church in her peace building ministry in Colombia are the respect for all life and the protection of human dignity. The Church’s mission in Colombia is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of peace.
The Republic of Colombia is located in the northwest of South America. It is estimated that 80-90% of Colombians are Catholic.
For background on the role of the Church in Colombia in building peace, a paper was presented at CPN’s Conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding from April 13-15, 2008 at the University of Notre Dame by Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga.
Note: We are grateful to Tito Contreras, Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, for his substantial contribution to content on Colombia. In addition, we are thankful for the work by Marcela Monsalve for her work on Colombia while a work/study student.