Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

Violence Prevention

Peace researchers are increasingly emphasizing the importance of violence prevention as an integral part of strategic peacebuilding. Here are publications that focus on this important area:

Susan Hayward has published Averting Hell on Earth: Religion and the Prevention of Genocide, September, 2010.

A letter was sent by Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski to Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil following attacks on Christians and Christian institutions in India in September 2008.

A chapter titled “Militants for Peace” can be found in R. Scott Appleby, The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000): 121–66.

Catholic Relief Services has supported the work of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding that runs an early warning and early response conflict prevention program.

CPN held an international conference at the University of Notre Dame, April 13-15, 2008, during which two papers were presented on Catholic Intermediaries and Armed Actors:

Msgr. Hector Fabio Henao, Caritas Colombia, presented The Long Journey Back to Humanity: A Catholic Theology of Dialogue with Armed Actors. (PDF document)

Fr. Eliseo Jun Mercado, OMI, National Peace Council, the Philippines concludes that the theology and the spirituality of peacemakers is, precisely, the theology and the spirituality of martyrs. (PDF document).

Two other papers were presented at CPN’s April 2008 conference related to violence prevention, From Conflict Prevention to Conflict Transformation:

Fr. Cedric Prakash, PRASHANT, Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, India, presented From Conflict Prevention to Conflict Transformation (PDF document).

Susan Hayward, U.S. Institute of Peace, presented Religious Contributions to Conflict Prevention and Transformation (PDF document).