2018, "Reconciliation and Peace in Colombia: Confidence-Building Developments and Continuing Challenges," New York, NY, USA
Following upon the "Reconciliation and Peace in Colombia" event on October 20, 2017, this event focused on assessing the progress in implementing Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC and possibilities for negotiations with the ELN. Speakers for this panel included Archbishop Bernardito Auza of the Holy See Mission to the UN, Ambassador María Mejía Velez of the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the UN, Archbishop Luis Castro Quiroga, President of the Colombian Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Héctor Fabio Henao, Director of Caritas Colombiana and President of Colombia's National Peace Commission, and David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies and of the Peace Accords Matrix at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, which is responsible for monitoring the agreement with the FARC. Joseph Cornelius Donnelly, Head of Delegation for Caritas Internationalis moderated. The event was co-sponsored by the Holy See Mission to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the UN, Caritas Internationalis, CPN, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Video of the event is available. Also available are reports from Archbishop Auza, and from the National Catholic Reporter.
2017, "Reconciliation and Peace in Colombia: the Impact of the Visit of Pope Francis," New York, NY, USA
The Holy See Mission convened a special conference to examine the impact that the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia in November 2017 had on the peace and reconciliation processes in the country. The event was held at the UN on October 20. Participants included: Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN; Amb. Maria Emma Mejia Velez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN; Msgr. Hector Fabio Henao, Director of Caritas Colombiana; Joseph Donnelly, Head of Delegation, Caritas Internationalis; and Gerard F. Powers, Coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The event was co-sponsored by the Holy See Mission to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the UN, Caritas Internationalis, CPN, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Video of the event is available, and below find text of the remarks from Archbishop Auza and Gerard Powers.
2015, "The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas," Washington, DC, USA
A panel event hosted by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, moderated by E.J. Dionne, with Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Maryann Cusimano Love, of the Catholic University of America; and Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on International Justice and Peace. This event was connected to the Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament initiative.
See the NTI webpage for the event for more information, including video of the panel.
2015, Public Panel at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, NY, USA
A panel hosted by the Carnegie Council bringing together policymakers and scholars to address issues of nuclear weapons and disarmament. The panel occurred in New York on May 7, 2015. Participants included Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN; J. Bryan Hehir, of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Des Browne, the Lord Browne of Ladyton, Vice-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Maryann Cusimano Love, of the Catholic University of America; and Gerard F. Powers of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
See the Carnegie Council's website for the event for more information, including transcripts, audio, and video.
2015, Fifth Annual American Meeting for Peace of the Community of Sant' Egidio, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA
This gathering of the Sant' Egidio community in the USA was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and featured a principal event entitled Peace is Always Possible: Reflections from Proven Peacemakers. This event included presentations by Archbishop John Baptist Odama, a key mediator between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army; Miko Peled, an Israeli peace activist and researcher; Bassem al-Tamimi, a Palestinian non-violent protest organizer; and Laurie Johnston, a member of the Community of Sant' Egidio who has been part of over 20 peace and reconciliation processes in Africa, the Balkans, Central America, and the Middle East.
See the meeting page for more informaton.
2012, Meeting of Colombian Bishops on the Colombian Peace Process, Miami, FL, USA
With Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Florida, CPN hosted a four-day meeting of 17 Colombian bishops to prepare for peace negotiations in the country and discuss peacebuilding strategies with scholars and practitioners. The event was co-sponsored by CPN, the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Catholic Relief Services, and the Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social/Caritas Colombiana. A news report on the meeting is available here.
2012, Panel on International Conflict and Inter-Faith Cooperation, Rome, Italy
A panel sponsored cooperatively by CPN, the Catholic University of America, and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. This panel contributed to preparation for a major conference in 2013 celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Pacem in Terris.
2011, Colloquium on Catholic Peacebuilding, Rome, Italy
A half-day event that brought together 100 people, including ambassadors to the Holy See, to learn about and discuss the role of the Catholic Church in global peacemaking.
2011, "Sudan: Peace in the Balance," University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA
In January 2011, southern Sudan held a referendum on independence from Sudan, which led to the formation of South Sudan as an independent state. Before that result came to pass, this presentation discussed the question of whether such a result would lead to peace or new violence and instability. Three representatives of the Catholic bishops of Sudan were in the United States for high-level meetings in Washington and spoke at the event.
2008, Conference at the United Nations Headquarters on the Role of Religion in Peacebuilding, New York, NY, USA
At a time when the UN was giving new attention to peacebuilding, including the role of religion in promoting reconciliation, an event was organized at the United Nations, in partnership with the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the UN. The conference considered a broad spectrum of peacebuilding initiatives of the Catholic Church around the world and lessons learned from its peacebuilding work, especially in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Panelists offered insights about how a Catholic perspective can contribute to the wider discussion of religion and peacebuilding at the UN, and included Archbishop Celestino Migliore, former permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, Gerard Powers, Coordinator of CPN, Maryann Cusimano Love, of The Catholic University of America, and John Katunga, of the East Africa Region of Catholic Relief Services.
Powers-Peacebuilding: A Role for Religion
Katunga-Lessons about the Catholic Church’s role in peace processes and post-conflict reconciliation
Cusimano Love-Catholic Peacebuilding and Emerging International Norms and Practices of the UN and Other International and Governmental Bodies
2007, "Exit or No Exit from Iraq," Fordham University, New York, NY, USA
Held at Fordham University, a follow up forum from the 2005 conference "The Ethics of Exit," this conference examined the ethics of exit from Iraq by the United States and its allies as the results of the “surge” in U.S. involvement occurred. At this time, insurgency, sectarian violence, and civil war were deepening; neighboring countries were taking sides among the warring factions; reconstruction had stalled; civilians from Shiite and Sunni urban communities had become refugees and Internally Displaced Persons; Iraqis associated with the U.S. presence faced special dangers; and, Al Qaeda had established a growing presence while public opinion had taken a decisive turn against the war. This event offered a panel of distinguished ethicists who examined the moral principles that should govern when and how the United States was to disengage from Iraq.
Video available here.
2005, "The Ethics of Exit: The Morality of Withdrawal from Iraq," Fordham University, New York, NY, USA
Co-sponsored by Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, this forum was held in New York at Fordahm University. Through a series of panels, it evaluated various ethical dimensions of a withdrawal from Iraq by the United States and its allies.