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Events worth noting

April 1
Palm Sunday

April 5
Holy Thursday

April 6
Good Friday

April 7
Holy Saturday

April 8

April 10-13
National Catholic Educational Association’s 104th annual convention and exposition: “Anchor of Faith—Harbor of Light,” Baltimore, MD. Contact: Barbara Keebler, NCEA, (202) 337-6232 or communications@ncea.org .

April 12 - 18
Greater Horn of Africa Consultation Meeting: Pax Christi International is organizing a Greater Horn of Africa Consultation Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 12 to 18 April 2007. The Consultation brings together 50 to 60 people from Member Organizations and other NGOs in the region. Mark Barwick of the International Secretariat and Edwin Ruigrok of Pax Christi Netherlands, together with a Regional Steering Committee, are organizing the event. The preliminary topic for discussion is the empowerment of civil society, and the development of an Action Plan for the coming years. The Ethiopian/Eritrean conflict is also on the agenda, as well as the Lord’s Resistance Army-Government of Uganda peace process, the Islamic courts and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, and a number of other issues. For more information email: mark@paxchristi.net.

April 13 - 15
Conference on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding at University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana: A major conference for scholars and practitioners to reflect on the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of the Church's peacebuilding work.

The conference is sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; co-sponsors include Boston College's Department of Theology and Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Theological Union’s Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Pax Christi International, the Sant’ Egidio Community in the United States, University of Notre Dame's Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Program on Catholic Social Traditions.

If you have any questions, please contact Gerard Powers (1-574-631-3765, gpowers1@nd.edu) or Colette Sgambati (1-574-631-9370, csgambati@nd.edu).

April 22-25
Joint Conference of the National Association for Lay Ministry and National Association of Church Personnel Administrators Convocation: “Gateway to the Future: Affirming Holy Ground,” St. Louis, MO. Contact: (202) 291-4100, nalm@nalm.org or www.nacpa.org, (513) 421-3134 .

April 29
World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Contact: Rev. Edward J. Burns, USCCB, (202) 541-3033.

April 29
Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Contact: USCCB’s David Byers, (202) 541-3011, dbyers@usccb.org or David Suley, (202) 541-5400, dsuley@usccb.org .

June 24 - 29
CPN Conference: Creating a Climate of Reconciliation in Colombia, Bogota, Colombia: The Fourth Annual International Conference of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network will be held June 24-29, 2007 in Bogota, Colombia. The theme of the conference is Creating a Climate of Reconciliation in Colombia: Opening Space for Truth, Justice and Reparation. This conference is sponsored by the CPN and the Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social/Caritas Colombiana of the Colombian Bishops' Conference. Other co-sponsors include the University of Notre Dame's Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Catholic Relief Services. Previous CPN conferences were held at the University of Notre Dame (May 2004), in Mindanao, the Philippines (July 2005), and in Bujumbura, Burundi (July 2006). The papers and video from the last two conferences can be found at http://cpn.nd.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Gerard Powers (1-574-631-3765, gpowers1@nd.edu) or Colette Sgambati (1-574-631-9370, csgambati@nd.edu).

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Jobs and internships

FCNL Internship Program (Application Deadline March 6, 2006): Do you know a college senior or recent graduate? The Friends Committee on National Legislation is now accepting applications for legislative internships for 2006-2007. Interns work as full-time members of FCNL's staff for eleven months, from early September through the end of July. Interns receive a subsistence salary, health care, local transportation subsidy, paid vacation and sick leave. Find out more about the internship and how to apply at www.fcnl.org/young/intern.htm.

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Miscellaneous announcements

None at this time.

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Pax Christi Consultation on Great Lakes of Africa
Over fifty participants from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo gathered from 17 to 22 February 2007 at the Centre Christus in Kigali for the Fourth Regional Consultation of Pax Christi in the Great Lakes. High on the agenda were an analysis of the current situation of peace and security in the region and the formulation of an Action Plan for the coming years. A final report of the event is forthcoming. To read an article on the Great Lakes Consultation, see 07-0262. To read the statement of analysis and recommendations (in French), see http://storage.paxchristi.net/AF06F07.pdf. To read the press release (in French and in English), see http://storage.paxchristi.net/AF09F07.pdf.

USCCB Lent 2007 reflection material

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