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Caritas and Peacebuilding

Caritas and Peacebuilding

Making and maintaining peace are not easy jobs. There are many hurdles along the way and a conflict being transformed into peace can quickly reignite.

Caritas believes deeply in peace building and invests in both practical and spiritual conflict prevention and resolution programmes to save lives and developmental gains. There is a growing urgency to this important work. Increasing inequality, high food prices and climate change will add to the competition for scarce resources and stoke conflicts. The scarcity and misuse of land can also pit communities and countries against each other.

Caritas tackles the root causes and brings communities together to make peace. It trains parish workers and volunteers in reconciliation and peacebuilding, providing them with the tool-kits and equipment – even down to bicycles! – to do the job.

Caritas thinks ahead, helping local communities alongside displaced ones to prevent conflict beginning between the two. Caritas provides skills training, education and housing – helping people get back home together, back to working and learning. Above all, Caritas changes attitudes to stop the embers of conflict becoming the flames of war.

Caritas Updates on Peacebuilding

  • Happy half century to Caritas Norway

Happy half century to Caritas Norway

  • 12 November 2014
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga was in Norway this week to celebrate 50 years of Caritas Norway, a champion of peace and social justice throughout the world.
  • Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

  • 15 October 2014
Caritas has launched an emergency appeal for €2.5 million, (US$3 million) to help over 50,000 of the neediest people as severe food crisis looms in early 2015.