Making Peace

Church implements Colombian peace accord with reflection, action, prayer

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The Colombian government and rebel leaders reached a peace accord to officially end a war. After 52 years of conflict with 200,000 lives lost and 7 million people displaced, the Catholic bishops of Colombia continue to use the church's influence in the country to focus on reconciliation.   

Congo's bishops hope to save peace pact, but see no will to act quickly

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Congo's bishops are urgently seeking to rescue a government-opposition peace accord, reached in the final minutes of 2016.

"Our latest meeting should have covered the question of governance - but contacts between the political actors are, unfortunately, not yet realized," the bishops' conference said Jan. 24. "We have retired to consider what next, after concluding there was no real will to tackle the problems quickly."

Catholic leaders in Congo welcome church-mediated accord

Peace talks in Congo: Catholic leaders in Congo said they hope for lasting peace, after the bishops' conference helped mediate a government-opposition accord. "We're all saluting this great step, the fruit of a dialogue arranged by the church," said Msgr. Leonard Santedi Kinkupu, rector of Kinshasa's Catholic University and former of secretary-general of the bishops' conference.

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July 14-27, 2017

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