The Vatican, Italy
May 29-30, 2012
Catholic leaders from some of the world’s worst conflict zones gathered at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Rome on May 29th and 30th to discuss ways to make peace. Nigeria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Somalia, Peru, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo were among the 22 countries represented in the seminar. Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Pope St. John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris, the seminar analyzed the best practices of contemporary Catholic peacebuilding, and considered how the encyclical can inform the further development of the Catholic theology, ethics, practice and spirituality of peacebuilding. The seminar was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and co-sponsored by CPN and Caritas Internationalis, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Theological Union’s Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research, the Institut für Theologie und Frieden in Germany, Pax Christi International, and the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.