CCJPZ exists to promote Justice and Peace guided by Gospel Values.
CCJPZ envisions a God-fearing, democratic and just nation.
CCJPZ believes in Truth, Justice, Freedom and Love
CCJPZ is mandated by the Zimbabwe Catholics Bishops Conference (ZCBC) to:
1. Monitor and document human rights situation in the country for appropriate action.
2. Research, investigate and publish situations of injustice and violence and use the information to promote justice and peace.
3. Inform the laity and the clergy of their responsibilities to work for justice and peace as Christians.
4. Promote informed decision making among the clergy and the laity to influence public opinions according to the STCs.
5. Make constructive suggestions and input for the enactment of just civil laws and their impartial administration and implementation.
6. Empower and capacitate the clergy and the laity to understand, promote and implement STCs in their lives for the fulfilment of human potential and growth.
7. Assist in the formation of the seminarians, clergy, religious, the laity and Christ’s faithful through the popularisation and sustaining STCs and
8. Facilitate and disseminate Social Teachings of the Church (STCs). STCs sheds the light of the gospel on issues that affects our lives in society, and offers the Church’s wisdom, insight and experience in dealing with them. They contain a number of principles which are relevant in our lives:
- Dignity of the Human Person: Every human being is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is valuable and worthy of respect.
- Respect for Human Life: Human life is sacred and sacrosanct because it was created by God. Human life at every stage of development and decline is precious and therefore worthy of protection and respect.
- Participation: As their rights and duties as citizens, STCs encourages people to participate in all activities of the society that promote common good and the well-being of everyone especially the poor and the marginalised.
- Association: CCJPZ believes that people achieve their potential by associating with others. By association with others in families and in other social institutions that foster growth, protect dignity and promote the common good, human persons achieve their fulfillment. Family, community or even the nation’s stability must be protected and never be undermined.
- Subsidiarity: This principle guides the complex social relationships by defining responsibilities and limits of government, voluntary associations, civil society, families and individuals. It is not advisable for higher levels of social organisations or government to do for individuals and groups what they can do for themselves.
- Promotion of Common Good: The common good is the sum total of all living conditions – social, political, economic, cultural, technological and environmental – that makes it possible for all humans to fully achieve their potentials for growth. The absence of sensitivity to the common good is a sure sign of decay in a society.
- Universal Declaration of Earth’s Goods: The goods of this earth are meant for the benefit of everyone. They should be shared justly and or equally.
- Option for the Poor: This principle intends to correct the moral mistakes where the poor and the marginalised have been largely left out to benefit from the common good. The book of Leviticus through the proclamations of the Hebrew prophets and Jesus emphasize the vocation of ‘bringing good news to the poor… and proclaiming the year of God’s favour’ (Luke 4: 16-19). Isaiah 58:5-7 reminds us to share our bread with the hungry.
- Solidarity: To be in solidarity with others is to be moved by their suffering. STCs teach us that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ and we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves. ‘The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the men of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts’ (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 7 Dec. 1965).
- Stewardship of Creation: God created the earth for us all and instructed to be its stewards. A steward is a manager, not an owner. STCs call us to respect, conserve and share the resources of the earth as part of God’s creation.
Our strategy involves provision of public/civic education on STCs, human rights, good governance, justice, peace and participation of all, especially the poor and the marginalised to create a living environment that suits God’s plan for the earth’s creation. We provide communities with skills to research and peacefully engage and dialogue with each other and or with relevant stakeholders to build a God fearing, democratic and prosperous nation. At the national level we collaborate with other organisations and institutions doing similar work to use evidence generated from the network of justice and peace commissions to advocate and lobby for a just and peaceful nation guided by STCs.
Public/Civic Education: This programme provides civic education on STCs, peace building conflict mitigation and management, human rights, justice, voting, election observation and monitoring and other timely issues that affect people.
Action for Better Governance: This programme helps communities to identify pertinent governance issues, carry out research on the identified issues and engage with responsible authorities to demand unavailable services as a way of reducing poverty.
Women and Gender: This programme promotes the dignity of women in accordance with STCs. It helps women to be assertive to become part of the decision making process at all levels of society. It also informs men on the situation of women to eliminate discrimination and unfair cultural practices against women.
Research and Publications: Using our resident animators all over the country, this programme gathers information on practices; actions, decisions or traditions that undermine STCs, human rights, peace and justice for informed interventions and advocacy and lobby processes. CCJPZ has published more than a dozen books on human rights and administers a blog that monitors justice and peace situation in the country. Please visit catholiccomforjusticeandpeaceinzimbabwe.wordpress.com for recent human rights updates.
How We Work
We have committed volunteers all over the country (also called justice and peace actors) and full time staff at national and diocesan level that are committed to work for justice and peace. We work through an effective and representative structure that starts from the National to Diocese level that have effective and functional structures that reach the remotest parts of the country where human rights abuses are usually pertinent. The roles of our National and Diocesan Offices are highlighted below:
The National Office (NO) coordinates our activities throughout the country and largely depends on advice and input from the country’s eight Dioceses. Specifically, the NO
Strengthens the institutional capacity of CCJPZ Zimbabwe; facilitates and develops, technically and or materially, the capacities of the Dioceses to effectively engage in justice and peace works
- Develops relevant training materials, manuals and informational, educational and communication materials
- Informs national advocacy and lobby processes on issues of justice and peace:
- Publishes and disseminates information; updates website and administers CCJPZ blog, twitter and face book.
- Represents CCJPZ nationally, regionally and internationally:
- Advises the ZCBC on justice and peace issues for informed responses
The Diocesan Offices are largely the programme implementers in line with the Principle of Subsidiarity. Specifically, they are responsible for:
- Community mobilisation for justice and peace activities
- Coordinating and conducting civic education on pertinent issues using STC as the basis
- Coordinate research and information gathering processes
- Producing timely reports on circumstances that undermine STCs, justice and peace and submit them to the Local Ordinary and the NO
- Creating vibrant and effective structures (also known as CCJPZ actors) at every level of society that will act as ears and eyes of justice and peace
For more information, please kindly visit http://www.zcbc.co.zw/ccjp.html or CCJPZ National Offices at Africa Synod House, 29-31 Selous Avenue, Harare; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocesan Commissions are responsible for monitoring the human rights violations in their respective dioceses and report to the National Office for possible action –
- To implement programmes in their dioceses at community level.
- To hold workshops and seminars in conjunction with the National Office and network with other groups in their dioceses.
THE CATHOLIC COMMISSION FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE LIST OF CONTACT DETAILS
CCJP BISHOP CHAIRMAN
|CCJP NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON
MRS G. MUZENDA
17 HOFMEYER STREET
TEL: 0912 431 786
|Archdiocese of Bulawayo|
P.O. BOX 19 FILABUSI
TEL: 017 434
|BULAWAYO ARCHIDICESE COORDINATOR
MR J.B. NKATAZO
9TH AVE, LOBENGULA ST
EMAIL : email@example.com
MR M. SIBANDA
9TH AVE, LOBENGULA ST.
TEL: 0912 850 701
FAX: 09- 62386
| SPIRITUAL ADVISOR
TEL: 067-22754 / 011 767 586
FAX: 067-22217 / 28587
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
FR. P. SIBANDA
C/O BISHOPS HOUSE
SASAME 2 AREA
TEL: (059) 2994/2220/0912381665
FAX: (059) 2382
C/O BISHOPS HOUSE
SASAME 2 AREA
TEL: (059) 2994/2220
FAX: (059) 2382
0913 194 946
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
39 MAZORODZE RD
TEL: (04) 614184/0912 544 983
66 FIFTH STREET
TEL: 0912 284 945
FR. L. DUBE
TEL:0912 617 799
Email: email@example.com or
C/O FR L. DUBE
FR. THOMAS MADUSISE
TEL: (034) /091 2 901 027
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|DIOCESAN CHAIRPERSON MR. MUZENDA
14 HOFMEYER STREET
TEL: 091 2 431 786
FAX: (039) 262264
P.O. BOX 1269
TEL: (020) 61752/67906
C/O CCJP OFFICE
P.O. BOX 1269
TEL: (020) 60934
P.O. BOX 1269
TEL: (020) 61752/67906