The Colombian Peace Process and the Catholic Church


Location: C103 Hesburgh Center for International Studies


Msgr. Héctor Fabio Henao

Director of the National Secretariat of Social Pastoral for the Episcopal Conference of Colombia and of Caritas Colombia

2016 was a monumental year for the Colombian peace process, but it remains an incomplete and ongoing process. After a popular vote narrowly rejected the peace deal and a revised agreement was signed, the implementation of that agreement begins. Through it all, the Catholic Church has been a central actor in the peace process as the Church was key to facilitating dialogues that led to the agreement.

Now, as leaders attempt to set into action a system for transitional justice and a broader project of rebuilding a post-conflict nation, the Catholic Church in Colombia will continue to play a vital role in the delicate implementation process and will be key to supporting efforts for reconciliation. Msgr. Héctor Fabio Henao will elaborate on this crucial role of the Catholic Church and will be sharing his unique perspective on the Church’s position throughout the Colombian peacemaking process.


Presented by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Latin American/North American Church Concerns.