The Community of Sant’Egidio has a proven track record of providing a neutral presence to guide peace processes in dozens of conflicts, including Mozambique, Burundi, Guatemala, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Great Lakes Region, the Balkans, Colombia, North Uganda, Casamance, and Darfur. Mauro Garofalo, head of international relations for the community, has most recently promoted political and interreligious dialogue in Central Africa Republic, for which he had successfully negotiated a ceasefire between the Seleka and Anti-balaka in November 2015 to ensure a safe visit of Pope Francis to that country. He has also led mediations in the Casamance, Libya, and Syria.
Dr. Garofalo spoke about these experiences, as well as Sant’Egidio’s current initiative to provide safe travel for Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Italy. In dialogue with Katherine Marshall, the two explored the roles religion plays in today's conflicts and peacebuilding, as well as Sant’Edigio’s approach and reputation.