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, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network

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2020 Summer Institute on Nuclear Disarmament


Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington, D.C. 

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 globally, the University of Notre Dame has made the decision to prohibit all University-reimbursed international travel for students, faculty, and staff for summer 2020 and until further notice. In line with this directive, the 2020 Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons Summer Seminar has been postponed.

We will post more information about the rescheduled seminar on this webpage as it becomes available. If you have already been accepted into the 2020 seminar, our staff will be in touch with you soon about these developments. If you wish to attend the seminar at a future date, you will not have to go through the application process again.

Summer Institute 2020 - Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons 

The Pope and the Bomb: Beyond Deterrence

Archbishop Tomasi Panel Discussion

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January 30-31, 2020, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Washington,D.C.

In an address at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on November 24, 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.”  The Pope and the Bomb: Beyond Deterrence conference held at Georgetown University brought together church leaders, diplomats, scholars, Catholic activists, and students to engage in the analysis and discussion of nuclear weapons non proliferation, disarmament and the Catholic church's unique role in working toward diminishing and eliminating nuclear weapons.  

For more information on this event please visit:

Thursday, January 30:  Lecture by Archbishop Tomasi     Thursday Schedule of Events

Friday, January 31:  Friday, Schedule of Events

Event Blog  -  Gerard Powers - The Church and Nuclear Disarmament in A Schizophrenic Time

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

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

Listen to the Kroc Institute Podcast


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Kroc Institute Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies Jerry Powers sat down to talk with Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations at Catholic University of America, and Dr. Tobias Winright, professor of theology at St. Louis University and visiting fellow at Kroc Institute, about the visit by Pope Francis to Japan that included Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and his highly anticipated statement about nuclear weapons.

The Kroc Cast: The Pope's Visit to Japan and Nuclear Weapons

The Pope Condemns Nuclear Weapons