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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 24 affiliate organizations, but also works with many other individual and instiutional 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 site is hosted by the Secretariat of CPN, which is housed at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis' Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons

Edited by Drew Christiansen, SJ, and Carole Sargent, now available from Georgetown University Press.

At a 2017 Vatican conference, Pope Francis condemned nuclear weapons. This volume, issued after the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, presents essays from moral theologians, defense analysts, conflict transformation scholars, and nuclear arms control experts, with testimonies from witnesses. It is a companion volume to A World Free from Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament (Georgetown University Press, 2020).

Chapters from the perspectives of missile personnel and the military chain of command, industrialists and legislators, and citizen activists show how we might achieve a nuclear-free world. Key to this transition is the important role of public education and the mobilization of lay movements to raise awareness and effect change. This essential collection prepares military professionals, policymakers, everyday citizens, and the pastoral workers who guide them, to make decisions that will lead us to disarmament.

Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World

June 20-23, 2022

Full session recordings available.

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NOW AVAILABLE AS AN OPEN-ACCESS E-BOOK: Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology

This new book, edited by CPN Assistant Director Caesar A. Montevecchio and CPN Coordinator Gerard F. Powers, explores the role of Catholic peacebuilding in addressing the global mining industry.


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