Catholic Peacebuilding Network

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PEACEBUILDING 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50 Conference

February 16, 2013 • Emily Sipos-Butler


April 9-10, 2013
The Catholic University of America,
Washington, D.C

Plan to join us in Washington, DC for a major conference on Catholic peacebuilding and U.S. foreign policy sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and over a dozen Catholic universities and agencies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Pacem in terris and explore Catholic peacebuilding today.

Fifty years ago Pacem in terris broke new ground in Catholic teaching on peacemaking by elaborating an approach to peace and engagement in the world that went beyond merely avoiding violence. Using human rights as a foundation for a vision of peace that involves authentic development and a just world order, Pacem in terris began what has become a vibrant engagement by Catholic actors in U.S. policy and the world scene.

In addition to commemorating the encyclical as a living document that remains fresh today, this conference is intended to contribute to animating peacebuilding as a priority for Catholics in the United States and to focus attention on ways in which Catholic perspectives on peacebuilding can contribute to the wider debate on the responsibilities and opportunities for peacebuilding in U.S. foreign policy.

The conference will begin Tuesday morning with Mass and include several speeches by key scholars and policymakers alternated with breakout sessions on compelling topics in peacebuilding today before concluding in the late afternoon Wednesday, April 10. Students will present at the affiliated Graduate Student Conference on April 8.

More info or to register: CPN Events page

Confirmed speakers include:

Cardinal Peter Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Bishop Richard Pates (Des Moines), Chair, USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace
Fr. Bryan Hehir, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services
Fr. Drew Christiansen, Professor, Boston College
Scott Appleby, Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Amb. Douglas Roche, former Chairman, United Nations Disarmament Committee
Maryann Cusimano Love, Professor, The Catholic University of America
Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
John Carr, former Executive Director, USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace & Human Development
Joan Rosenhauer, Executive VP, U.S. Operations, Catholic Relief Services
Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International

Co-sponsors include:

Caritas Internationalis
Catholic Relief Services
The Catholic University of America Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Pax Christi International
Sant’Egidio Community in the United States
Trinity Washington University
U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace
United States Institute of Peace
University of Dayton Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture
University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
University of St. Thomas (MN) Department of Justice & Peace Studies