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Institutions/Peace and Justice Commissions Page

Catholic Relief Services has a long history of working with the Catholic Church in numerous countries through local Peace and Justice Commissions. These Commissions provide one type of institutional base for activities that promote both peace and justice.

An example of work being pursued by these commissions is the "East Timor Peace, Reconciliation and Dialogue Initiative." Through this initiative, CRS works with the Peace and Justice Commissions of the Dioceses of Dili and Bacau and helps support 12 local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts. A second example is CRS' support of Liberia's Peace and Justice Commission, where they are working to promote peace and justice issues at the national level.

CRS also assists institutions that are not affiliated with the Catholic Church. For example, CRS Albania works with the Albanian Peace and Justice Center to help families involved in blood feud disputes. In nearby Macedonia, CRS supports local NGOs like the Center for Multi-Cultural Understanding and Cooperation, which is involved in pursuing interethnic dialogues.

Other countries with these types of CRS programs include: Angola, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza, Madagascar, Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Senegal, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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