Catholic Peacebuilding Network

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Announcements of Other Documents Related to Catholic Peacebuilding

The role of women in peacebuilding and reconciliation in the AMECEA countries
This article (PDF File), written by Bernadette Ndunguru, was published in AFER, 51, No. 3 S 2009, pp. 279-287, ISSN: 0250-4650. This is copyrighted material.

How has the “ecclesia in Africa” made a difference in the AMECEA region with respect to reconciliation, justice and peace
This article (PDF File), written by Peter Lwaminda, was published in AFER 51 no 3 S 2009, p 216-241, ISSN: 0250-4650. This is copyrighted material.

Church in reconciliation: justice and peace in the AMECEA region
This article (PDF file,) written by Pius Rutechura, was published in AFER 50 no 3-4 S-D 2008, p 165-185, ISSN: 0250-4650. This is copyrighted material.

Conference on Making Peace: The Community of Sant’ Egidio in International Scenarios
A report is available about the conference and presentation of the book Making Peace. The Community of Sant’ Egidio in International Scenarios, published by Leonardo International.

Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding and Water Development
Catholic Relief Services has a new publication entitled Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development (PDF document), written by Jason Gehrig and Mark Rogers, and edited by Dennis Warner, Chris Seremet and Tom Bamat.

Thesis on Sant’ Egidio Completed
Pierre Anouilh completed and defended his thesis on April 9, 2010, at University of Bordeaux entitled Sant’ Egidio and the Transformations of Peacemaking: A Comparative Study of Mozambique-Burundi. The thesis is written in French, but here is the abstract in English: “Unexpected mediator during the Mozambican civil war, well-known and legitimate peace broker during its mediation in Burundi, the Roman Catholic community of Sant’Egidio appears as a peculiar agent of contemporary conflict resolution. But its diplomatic activity, usually considered as “natural”, has never been really investigated in relation with the conflicts in which the community got involved. By focusing on a political sociology of transnational dynamics of alternative pacification, our comparative study, grounded on several fieldworks in Africa and Italia, aim at avoiding the heuristic deadlocks in which the leading paradigms of conflict resolution and international relations theory stay embedded. The first two parts share the same objective: highlighting the contingency and questioning the obviousness and the necessity of Sant’Egidio’s practice of “parallel diplomacy” in the Mozambican conflict and in the Burundian violent crises. What were the connexions, the conflict dynamics, the strategies and configurations of power that allowed Sant’Egidio to become a preferred negotiator in the first place? Following these critical (re)readings of the egidian peace in Africa, the mediations undertaken by this Christian community will be linked, in a third part, with the actual transformations of peacemaking and conflict resolution. In conclusion, the peace mediations of Sant’Egidio will be investigated through a short archaeology of its recognition and legitimacy as an efficient global peace broker. What do reveal Sant’Egidio’s peacemaking activities regarding the post Cold war government of the “new civil wars”?” Anouilh plans to publish his thesis and asks that it not be quoted at this time. He is interested in communicating with others interested in this research and can be reached at