Children in Georgia paint drawings of peace. Credits: Caritas

Children in Georgia paint drawings of peace. Credits: Caritas

Read about the conference on the blog and see photos on flickr 

From southern Sudan and Central America to Congo and Colombia, the Catholic Church is a powerful force for peace and reconciliation

This often untold and unheralded dimension of the Church’s mission has not been systematically examined by academics and is often ignored or misunderstood by policymakers.

Caritas is co-sponsoring a Catholic Peacebuilding Networking conference from 9.00 – 13.00 on Thursday 30 June at the Christian Brothers’ Casa La Salle, Via Aurelia, 472, Rome.

The event is open to the public. 

Leading Catholic theologians, ethicists, academics and practitioners will examine the role of Catholic peacebuilders in preventing and resolving conflicts, and reconciling divided societies.

Speakers include Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Michel Roy, Caritas Internationalis Secretary General and Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America.

They will ask what constitutes effective and authentically Catholic peacebuilding, how can Catholic peacebuilding practices inform and be informed by Catholic theology and what are future challenges for Catholic peacebuilding?