The Pope and the Bomb: Beyond Deterrence

Washington, DC, USA
January 30-31, 2020

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This workshop was hosted by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and was co-hosted by Georgetown University's Office of the President, Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. And it was part of the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament. Building off of Pope Francis's denunciation of nuclear weapons during his visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in November, 2019, this workshop addressed the current state of nuclear geopolitics, alternative approaches to nuclear disarmament, and moral and pastoral implications of the Catholic Church’s evolving position on deterrence and nuclear disarmament.

Berkley Center event page, with full schedule and participants

Alessio Pecorario, on behalf of Cardinal Peter Turkson, opening remarks