Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding


International Catholic organizations work to promote awareness of the Colombian situation among the international community and to advocate for just and peaceful solutions to the conflict. Among the many organizations are:

  • Caritas Internationalis’ advocacy campaign “Peace is Possible in Colombia” reaffirms its support for the position of the Colombian Episcopal Conference that peace can only be obtained through negotiations, and that peace can only be sustained through social justice.
  • Catholic Relief Services has expanded and strengthened its focus on projects in the areas of humanitarian response, justice, peace education and peacebuilding, and ventures into new programming activities in the United States that emphasize education and awareness-raising of the American public on issues of importance to Colombia.
  • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops collaborates with the Colombian Catholic Bishops and provides regular updates and reports to the U.S. Catholic community on Colombia through its Justice, Peace and Human Development department. The Catholic Church insists that U.S. aid to Colombia should strike an essential balance between assistance to the armed forces and aid that more directly addresses the root causes of the conflict and assists the victims. The USCCB also has an agreement with La Fundación Instituto para la Construcción de la Paz to provide technical and financial support to peace education initiatives in Colombia.
  • The Jesuits (The Society of Jesus) Oregon Province and Colombia Province have a twinning agreement. This partnership promotes inter-provincial cooperation and encourages U.S. Jesuits to increase awareness of the conflict and the impact of U.S. policy in Colombia as well as the possibilities for peace and sustainable development.