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: Fall of 2021, beginning in September
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET(US), subject to change
Location: Virtual - Zoom Meeting

Join us for a series of monthly conversations that will engage students from Catholic Universities to include Notre Dame, Georgetown, Catholic University, Northwestern, Japanese universities partner and more, in a series of monthly discussions focused on the Catholic approach to nuclear weapons and can include topics to include the moral implications of using the bomb, the current and critical nuclear issue such as the escalation and modernization of nuclear arsenals, the New Start Treaty, and what can be done to move forward toward the Papal vision of  “nuclear zero.” Guest speakers TBA.


Latest News


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