Past Events

Conference In Burundi Larissa

Along with its affiliated institutions and other partners, CPN regularly supports different kinds of convenings to advance the study of peacebuilding, to enable networking among peacemaking scholars and practitioners from around the world, and to support and accompany universities, institutions, and organizations working to foster peace. These international and regional gatherings allow peacebuilders to forge solidarity and share best practices, help build capacity for universities and other institutions, and provide space for dialogue about the development of a theology of peacebuilding.​​​​​​

Major Conferences

2022, Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World, virtual

2020, The Pope and The Bomb: Beyond Deterrence, at Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University

2018, Theology and Practice of Just Peace and Pluralism: Dialogue Among Religious Leaders, Youth and Women Peacebuilders, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines

2017, Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, The Vatican, Italy

2017, Africa Institute on Peace and Justice Studies Program Development in the Catholic Social Tradition, Entebbe, Uganda

2016, Colloquium on US-European Approaches to Nuclear Disarmament, House of Lords and Notre Dame Gateway, London, UK

2014, Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

2013, Peacebuilding 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

2012, Seminar on New Challenges for Catholic Peacebuilding, The Vatican, Italy

2010, Conference of the Catholic Episcopate of the Great Lakes Region for Peace and Reconciliation, Bujumbura, Burundi

2008, Fifth Annual CPN Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA

2007, Fourth Annual CPN Conference, Bogotá, Colombia
"Creating a Climate of Reconciliation: Opening Space for Truth, Justice and Reparation"

2006, Third Annual CPN Conference, Bujumbura, Burundi
"Archbishop Michael Aidan Courtney Memorial Conference on Catholic Peacebuilding in Africa’s Great Lakes Region"

2005, Second Annual CPN Conference, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines

2004, First Annual CPN Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA

Other Events

2021, "Glimmers of Hope for Peace in South Sudan: The Role of Sant'Egidio in Peace Processes," University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA

2021, "Religious Peacebuilding Amidst Polarization: A US-Northern Ireland Dialogue," Webinar

2021, "The Peace Dimensions of Fratelli Tutti," Webinar

2020, "New START: Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament," Webinar

2020, "Are Nuclear Weapons an Absolute Evil?" Webinar

2020, "Catholics Commemorate 75 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki," Webcast

2020, "Catholic Peacebuilding in the DRC: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa," Webinar

2020, "Pope Francis' Vision of Peace: Disarmament, Development, and Inclusiveness in the Catholic Conception of Just Peace," Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Washington, DC, USA

2019, "Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology," University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA


2018, "Reconciliation and Peace in Colombia: Confidence-Building Developments and Continuing Challenges," New York, NY, USA

2017, "Reconciliation and Peace in Colombia: the Impact of the Visit of Pope Francis," New York, NY, USA

Remarks from Archbishop Bernardito Auza

Remarks From Gerard Powers

2015, "The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas," Washington, DC, USA

2015, Public Panel at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, NY, USA

2012, Meeting of Colombian Bishops on the Colombian Peace Process, Miami, FL, USA

2012, Panel on International Conflict and Inter-Faith Cooperation, Rome, Italy

A panel sponsored cooperatively by CPN, the Catholic University of America, and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.  This panel contributed to preparation for a major conference in 2013 celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Pacem in Terris.

2011, Colloquium on Catholic Peacebuilding, Rome, Italy

A half-day event that brought together 100 people, including ambassadors to the Holy See, to learn about and discuss the role of the Catholic Church in global peacemaking.

2011, "Sudan: Peace in the Balance," University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA

In January 2011, southern Sudan held a referendum on independence from Sudan, which led to the formation of South Sudan as an independent state. Before that result came to pass, this presentation discussed the question of whether such a result would lead to peace or new violence and instability.  Three representatives of the Catholic bishops of Sudan were in the United States for high-level meetings in Washington and spoke at the event.  

2008, Conference at the United Nations Headquarters on the Role of Religion in Peacebuilding, New York, NY, USA

At a time when the UN was giving new attention to peacebuilding, including the role of religion in promoting reconciliation, an event was organized at the United Nations, in partnership with the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the UN. The conference considered a broad spectrum of peacebuilding initiatives of the Catholic Church around the world and lessons learned from its peacebuilding work, especially in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Panelists offered insights about how a Catholic perspective can contribute to the wider discussion of religion and peacebuilding at the UN, and included Archbishop Celestino Migliore, former permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, Gerard Powers, Coordinator of CPN, Maryann Cusimano Love, of The Catholic University of America, and John Katunga, of the East Africa Region of Catholic Relief Services.

Powers-Peacebuilding: A Role for Religion
Katunga-Lessons about the Catholic Church’s role in peace processes and post-conflict reconciliation
Cusimano Love-Catholic Peacebuilding and Emerging International Norms and Practices of the UN and Other International and Governmental Bodies

2007, "Exit or No Exit from Iraq," Fordham University, New York, NY, USA

2005, "The Ethics of Exit: The Morality of Withdrawal from Iraq," Fordham University, New York, NY, USA

Co-sponsored by Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, this forum was held in New York at Fordahm University. Through a series of panels, it evaluated various ethical dimensions of a withdrawal from Iraq by the United States and its allies.

Transcripts available:

Which Way? Stay the Course or Strategic Withdrawal?
The Ethics of Occupation and Withdrawal: Jus Post-Bellum
Learning from the Past
Synthesis and Discussion