Fourth Annual CPN Conference

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

"Creating a Climate of Reconciliation: Opening Space for Truth, Justice and Reparation"

Bogotá, Colombia
June 24-29, 2007

Colombia Conference-2007

Hosted by Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social/Caritas Colombia, Church leaders, scholars and peacebuilding practitioners from around the world gathered June 24-29, 2007, to identify solutions for achieving a just and lasting peace in Colombia. Specifically, the conference in Colombia sought to improve international awareness and understanding of the key role that the Catholic Church plays in promoting peace in Colombia; to bring together scholars, Church leaders, and peacebuilding practitioners from a diverse set of countries in conflict to share their wisdom about “best practices” and lessons learned; and to explore concrete ways in which interested parties outside Colombia might support the efforts of the Catholic community as it continues to play a critical role in promoting a just and lasting peace.

Conference Program • Participant List

Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Creating a Climate of Reconciliation in Colombia

Olga Consuelo Vélez Caro, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Como Construir Paz en Tiempos de Guerra? (in Spanish)

Fr. Francisco de Roux, S.J.,  Development and Peace Program in Magdalena Medio (DPMM)
Programa de Desarrollo y Paz del Magdalena Medio (in Spanish)

Fr. Mauricio García-Durán, S.J., Center for Research and Popular Education (CINEP), Bogotá
Peace Mobilization in Colombia and the Role of the Roman Catholic Church
El Papel de la Iglesia Catolica en la Movilizacion por la Paz en Colombia
Colombia: Challenges and dilemmas in the search for peace

Msgr. Héctor Fabio Henao, Caritas Colombia
Keynote: Lessons Learned in Peacebuilding in Colombia (Spanish)/(English)

Liliana Maldonado, Caritas Colombia
Commentary (in Spanish)

Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria
Closing Remarks

Bishop Leonardo Gomez Serna, Diocese of Magangué
Closing Remarks (in Spanish)

Summary Notes
Plenary Notes, June 27 (in Spanish)
Plenary Notes, June 28 (in Spanish)
Notes From Bishops' Session, June 29 (in Spanish)