Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining


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From cellphones to computers to life-saving medical technologies, the day-to-day lives of people across the globe are intertwined with materials produced by the global mining industry. Considerable work has been done on mining and development ethics, environmental ethics and corporate social responsibility, but little has been done to integrate this work, relate it to the practices of the Catholic community in conflict zones, and consider it from a Catholic peacebuilding perspective. This issue does just that and features a set of three reflections engaging with the new Catholic Peacebuilding Network book, Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology, published by Routledge in January 2022.

Caesar A. Montevecchio, Assistant Director of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) and co-editor of Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining, discusses the ways a peacebuilding approach might serve to help address mining in a truly integral way.  More »

Father Rigobert Minani, S.J., head of research for the Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance Department at the Centre d’Etude Pour l’Action Sociale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and team leader for the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest, writes on the role of the Catholic Church in addressing conflict arising from mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More »

Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, writes on the particular role of religious peacebuilders in engaging with extractive industries. More »

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