"The Long Journey Back to Humanity: Catholic Peacebuilding with Armed Actors"
Drawing on the peacebuilding experience of four Catholic peacebuilders in Colombia, northern Uganda, and the southern Philippines, this chapter by a leading practitioner-scholar of peacebuilding examines what is distinctive about Catholic approaches to engaging armed actors, both governments and rebels.
"NGOs and Conflict Resolution"
This article explores one important role NGOs play in conflict resolution: direct mediation in peace processes. It focuses on lessons learned from the work of four NGOs: the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay Catholic community in Rome best known for its role in the 1992 peace accord in Mozambique; the Carter Center; the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue; and the Crisis Management Initiative.
3. Tom Bamat on CRS Catholic peacebuilding on extractives, Sudan, University engagement
"Peacebuilding in Praxis: Lessons from Africa: CRS Peacebuilding in Sudan"
John Ashworth, Catholic Relief Services. The video of John's talk begins at the opening and concludes at 21 minutes and 19 seconds. His presentation was at Catholic University in April 2013 as part of the Pacem inTerris at 50 conference.
This conference was intended to be one of the principal commemorations of the Pacem in terris anniversary in the United States. The conference examined the ways in which Pacem in terris is a living document that remains fresh today. It also helped animate peacebuilding as a priority for the Catholic Church in the United States and focused attention on ways in which Catholic perspectives on peacebuilding can contribute to the wider debate on the responsibilities and opportunities for peacebuilding in U.S. foreign policy.
"John Katunga on CRS and Catholic peacebuilding in Sudan"
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"One Nation from Every Tribe, Tongue and People"
This article by a leading peacebuilder and a theologian provides an overview and analysis of the efforts of the strategic peacebuilding work of the churches in South Sudan. The article focuses on the churches’ role in using its spiritual, moral, political and ecclesial resources to build capacity and create space for two inter-communal peace processes, one in the late 1990s and the other in connection with the 2005 peace accord and its aftermath. The article also considers the promise and challenges associated with the work of the Sudan Ecumenical Forum between 1995 and 2005.
"And They Shall Make War No More"
This paper describes the background to the last fifty years of violence in Columbia and identifies its causes in inequality, poverty and displacement. It then explores the ways in which the Catholic Church has been prominent in developing processes of peace-building that include “accompaniment” of the victims to include them in structures of citizen participation. It ends with theological and pastoral reflections on how this can be enabled practically in the Columbian context.
In “Africa Rising”, the statement “Reconciliation was Jesus’ central mission. As his followers, it is ours.” reflects comments from John Katunga (a member of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network) on the state of affairs in South Sudan and D.R.C. Author: Maryann Cusimano Love. Source: America, May 6, 2011, p. 10.Africa Rising.pdf