Description of the organisation
The CPNZ was launched in October 2011 with the blessings of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference. The organisation was commissioned to harness the professional and intellectual talents of Catholics in service to the Church in Zimbabwe. Amongst their obligations and objectives, members of the CPNZ are charged with carrying out critical analysis and discernment of dominant thoughts, ideologies and cultures from a Catholic perspective, and to be committed to building a culture of Justice and Peace, and the protection of vulnerable groups, as well as safeguarding of Human and People's rights.
The country is on the eve of political events (referendum and national elections before the end of 2013), meaning a period of possible instability. The humanitarian situation was not very promising, (crop failure, hunger, disease, HIV and AIDS, increasing unemployment especially of the youth.