Catholic Peacebuilding Network
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding. At a time when religion is often implicated in violent extremism and identity conflicts, CPN engages the rich intellectual tradition and enormous institutional capacity of one of the world’s most important religious actors to better understand and strengthen its capacity to contribute to peace, justice and reconciliation.
CPN does this by:
- connecting peacebuilders from around the world in order to deepen relationships and solidarity,
- stimulating a more systematic sharing, mapping, and analysis of the best practices in Catholic peacebuilding,
- linking peacebuilders who can provide the training, strategic planning, or other resources necessary for effective peacebuilding,
- enhancing reflection on peacebuilding as a conceptually coherent, theologically accurate, spiritually enlivening, and practically effective contribution to Church teaching.
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) began in 2004 through the cooperation of Catholic Relief Services and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, which continues to house its secretariat. CPN currently has 22 affiliated partners, including bishops' conferences, universities and institutes, and development agencies and peace organizations. CPN’s accompaniment for peacebuilding focuses mainly on Colombia, the Great Lakes region of Africa, and Mindanao, the southern archipelago of the Philippines.
New Resource on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Catholic Contexts
“Catholic Approaches to Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Processes: Guidelines for Reflection and Planning” is a tool for those working in post-conflict situations and trying to engage transitional justice and reconciliation in a distinctively Catholic way. The document offers an understanding of transitional justice and reconciliation through the lens of Catholic tradition; highlights lessons learned from worldwide Catholic engagement; provides guidance on project design, evaluation, and assessment; and includes a comprehensive list of global resources for further learning. It does not prescribe recipes for action, but gathers a diversity of on-the-ground learning and experience that can be adapted and utilized by Catholic peacebuilders as they discern, plan, and evaluate action for transitional justice and reconciliation in specific contexts.