New online journal on peace, conflict, and social justice launches
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) is a voluntary network of practitioners and academics, clergy and laity, which seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding in areas torn by conflict. It is comprised of 22 affiliated organizations, but also works with many other individual and institutional partners worldwide. As a Catholic network, CPN believes that authentic and effective peacebuilding involves dialogue and collaboration with those of other religious traditions and all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world.
This institute, intended for leaders and faculty of Catholic universities and institutes, as well as faculty from other faith-based or state universities in Africa, aims to enhance existing peace studies programs and further the development of new ones, mainstream peace studies across university curriculum, identify possible collaborations between universities for peace studies, and explore connections to peace and justice work by the wider Catholic community in Africa. The institute is being co-sponsored by Hekima College Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics as the Catholic University of East Africa, the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Berkely Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, Catholic Relief Services, the Institut für Theologie und Frieden, MISEREOR, and the Joan B. Kroc Scool of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.