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 Engagement               Scholar Engagement                  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, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the Notre Dame International Security Center,  Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network


Kroc CastThe Pope's Visit to Japan 2019

Listen to the Latest Kroc Institute Podcast

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


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2020 Summer Institute on Nuclear Disarmament

Monday, May 25 through Friday, May 29, 2020, Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington, D.C. 

The application is now open for the 2020 Summer Institute - Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, to be held at the Keough School of Global Affairs in Washington, D.C. - May 25 to 29, 2020. Please see website for the preliminary schedule and application. Please email Annie O. Shyne, Program Assistant, or Professor Gerard F. Powers for additional information.

 Summer Institute 2020 - Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons 


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


The Pope Condemns Nuclear Weapons