The Catholic Church and Peacebuilding

Author: Caesar Montevecchio

20171101 Pope Francis Malacanang 21 Wiki Ac

The Church is able to advance peace globally by building strategic and tactical bridges between grassroots nonviolent action and peacebuilding actors, as well as investing in their development and capacity building. But this role is not without challenges. Can the Church serve as an effective mediator while openly denouncing human rights violations and government crackdowns against nonviolent activists? Is it possible for different Church actors to effectively assume different roles in the context of popular movements for peace and democracy? What does this look like practically and what can we learn from past cases?

Thursday, September 24, 11:00AM EDT, Registration Required

Speakers to include:

David Yang, VP, Applied Conflict Transformation, USIP

Bishop Robery McElroy, Diocese of San Diego

Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

Sergio Cabrales, Nicaraguan Fulbright Scholar, University of Pittsburgh

Marie Dennis, Senior Advisor, Pax Christi International

Maria Stephan, Director, Nonviolent Action, USIP