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

Location: Virtual

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Virtual Event

June 20-23, 2022

The world is emerging from an historic health crisis that has exacerbated existing conflicts, poverty, inequalities, polarization, and threats to the environment. While the pandemic led to unprecedented cooperation and heroic responses by many, it also exposed deficits in leadership and emboldened authoritarians, demagogues, and chauvinistic nationalists. Just as the world hopes to move beyond the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens global peace in ways thought unimaginable when the pandemic began. The challenge to Catholic peacebuilders is clear: we must ensure that the post-pandemic return to “normal” does not look like the pre-pandemic status quo, or worse. That will require an integral and integrated approach to peace, development and ecology because the cry of war’s victims, the cry of the poor, and the cry of the earth rise as one (Laudato Si’, no. 49).

This conference will convene a wide range of Catholic peacebuilders – Church leaders, scholars, peacebuilding specialists and other practitioners – from around the world. It will allow participants to learn from their rich and diverse experiences in confronting challenges to peace around the world and help them discern new and creative ways to respond to the historic challenges to peace that we now face.

Printable Program (English)
Programme imprimable (français)
Programa imprimible (español)

Presentation Texts

Special Presentation Message from Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations

Gerard Powers, Opening Remarks and Welcome

Cardinal Charles Bo, Plenary Address

Scott Appleby, Response to Plenary Address by Cardinal Charles Bo

Alessandra Smerilli, Plenary Address

Thomas Massaro, Shaping a Culture of Peacebuilding Through Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

John Katunga, Introduction à l' approche 3B4D de CRS

JRS and Boston College, Reconciliation in Adjumani, Uganda

David Hollenbach, What Refugees Can Teach Us About War and Peace

Caritas-Spes, Hundred Days Of War

Loreta Navarro-Castro, Nonviolence, an Essential Basis for Building Peace: A Philippine Perspective

Rafael Castillo Torres, Que Aprendizajes Nos Han Dejado Los Esfuerzos Por Construir La Paz Desde Las Regiones

Francisco Hernandez Rojas, Caminando hacia la paz

Session Recordings

Special Presentation Message from Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations


Day 1


Day 2


Day 3-4


Media Coverage

Collen Sharkey, "Catholic peacebuilders bring hope amidst the world’s crises," Notre Dame News

Katie Collins Scott, "Catholic peace-building conference explores ways to bring hope to 'a wounded world,'" National Catholic Reporter

Jonathan Luxmoore, "Church leaders push to expand their peacekeeping role in Africa," Catholic News Service

UCA News, "Never give up hope, says Myanmar's Cardinal Bo"

Marielle Lucenio, "Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo urges faithful to find hope amidst conflict, global crisis," Licas.News

Event Collaborators

  • Holy See Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Javeriana Pontifical University
  • Caritas Colombia/ National Social Pastoral Secretariat
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Office of Global Engagement, Boston College
  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University 
  • Office of International Justice and Peace, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
  • International Federation of Catholic Universities
  • Department of Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas
  • Pax Christi International
  • Franciscans International
  • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • Maria Robinson, MD, Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities
  • Caritas Internationalis
  • Sant'Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue
  • Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
  • Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office
  • Institut Superieur de Paix et Reconciliation, Catholic University of Bukavu
  • School of Conflict Studies, St. Paul University
  • Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton
  • Department of Peace Studies, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
  • Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar
  • Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, University of Notre Dame