Nuclear Disarmament

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About the Project

Started in 2014, the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament is focused on revitalizing and strengthening the voice of the Catholic community in the United States and beyond in the debate on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Through various initiatives the project is empowering a new generation of Catholics: Church leaders, scholars, and students – to contribute to wider efforts to further reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons. The project has three main areas of focus: Policy EngagementScholar Engagement, and Student Engagement.

This Project is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, at Georgetown University; Institute for Polcy Research, The Catholic University of America, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network


Upcoming Events

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Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Series of Monthly Student Conversations

Date: Beginning on September 15th
(on the second Wednesday of each month)

Time:  8:00 to 9:00 p.m. US Eastern / 00:00-01:00 UTC (subject to change)

Location: Virtual - Zoom Meeting

Join us for a series of monthly conversations that will engage students from Catholic Universities around the world in a series of monthly discussions focused on the Catholic approach to nuclear weapons. Topics may include the moral implications of using the bomb, current and critical nuclear issues, and what can be done to move forward toward the Papal vision of  “nuclear zero.”  Guest speakers TBA.

Please check our Events Calendar for more information.

Latest News

"A Conversation with Nickolas Roth of the Stimson Center"

On the newest episode of The Kroc Cast: Peace Studies Conversations, Sean Raming, current Kroc Institute Ph.D. in Peace Studies and History, talks with Nickolas Roth, director of the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program and International Nuclear Security Forum, about current conversations about nuclear weapons, deterrence, disarmament, and arms control.

2021 Catholic Press Awards - Second Place Award Recipient

A World Free from Nuclear Weapons
Second Place - 2021 Catholic Press Awards

Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Carole Sargent, Editors, received second place at the Catholic Press Awards for the Morality, Ethics category for their book
A World Free From Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament, Georgetown University Press, January 2019. 

"A World Free from Nuclear Weapons is a critical companion for scholars of modern Catholicism, moral theology, and peace studies, as well as policymakers working on effective disarmament. It shows how the Church's revised position presents an opportunity for global leaders to connect disarmament to larger movements for peace, pointing toward future action."

List of 2021 Award Recipients

Statements from Pope Francis

The Pope in Nagasaki Urges Commitment to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, November 2020

During his historic visit to Japan, the Pope addresses the use and possession of  nuclear weapons, and urges world leaders to create a world free of nuclear weapons.

Vatican Transcript of Pope's Speech at the Atom Bomb Hypo Center Park in Nagasaki


The Pope Condemns Nuclear Weapons,  November 2017