Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

Peace in Sudan Initiative

Sudan is at a crossroads and a tenuous accord between the north and south hangs in the balance. Sudan could follow a path that leads to the first prolonged period of peace and prosperity in its half-century of independence, or a path back to violence: the kind that killed and displaced millions of people in southern Sudan in a war that ended five and a half years ago.

That fighting ceased with the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between representatives of the government in Khartoum and southern Sudanese rebel groups. The keystone of the agreement is a referendum, scheduled for January 9, 2011, in which southern Sudanese will vote on whether to remain part of Sudan or to become an independent nation.

In the weeks remaining before the January 9, 2011 referendum in southern Sudan, CRS and the USCCB are asking Catholics in the United States to support the prophetic voice of the Catholic Church of Sudan as they call for peace in the face of a possible return to civil war in southern Sudan. Starting on September 21 (the International Day of Peace) and ending on January 1, 2011 (the Church’s World Day of Peace), CRS and the USCCB have organized an urgent initiative for “Peace in Sudan” ( The initiative invites Catholics to do the following: Pray with the people of Sudan; Learn about the referendum and underlying issues; Advocate by sending quick emails to the Administration and Congress; and Give to support CRS’ peacebuilding programs in Sudan.

Here is information on the Peace in Sudan initiative.