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Webcast: A New Vision for Peace in Colombia

RSVP for the next CCGP webcast: A New Vision for Peace in Colombia on Wednesday, March 10 from 2-3 P.M. eastern.

On April 18-19, 2010, U.S. faith-based organizations will engage in The Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, an ecumenical opportunity for Catholics in the U.S. to support our Colombian brothers and sisters in a new vision for peace.  Please join us and many other people of faith across the United States, Canada and Colombia for the ecumenical Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia and advocacy on Colombia.

This webcast will provide:

Background:

More than forty years of violent conflict has caused great suffering and forcibly displaced millions of Colombians, especially Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities.  It has also inspired amazing efforts in Colombia to create a new vision for peace. Together, CRS, USCCB and the Catholic Church in Colombia are responding to the needs of the conflict’s victims and influencing U.S. policy towards a greater focus on humanitarian needs, human rights and a lasting resolution of the conflict.

For more information:

Monsignor Hector Fabio Henao

The Social Pastoral (SNPS/Caritas Colombia) is responsible for implementing the Colombian Catholic Bishops Conference’s priorities in peacebuilding, human rights; humanitarian response and citizen participation initiative in Colombia, a country which continues to have one of the highest rates of internal displacement in the world. Monsignor Henao is a recognized national leader in peacebuilding and humanitarian response and leads the international Campaign “Peace is Possible in Colombia” of the Caritas Internationalis Confederation of Catholic social agencies. The campaign seeks to increase international awareness of the gravity of the humanitarian crisis in Colombia, and the importance of the role  the international community can play in achieving a just and sustainable peace .

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