Please join us in Washington, D.C., for a major conference on Catholic peacebuilding and U.S. foreign policy sponsored by the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and more than a dozen Catholic universities and agencies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the encyclical, Pacem in terris and explore Catholic peacebuilding today.

Fifty years ago Pacem in terris broke new ground in Catholic teaching on peacemaking by elaborating an approach to peace and engagement in the world that went beyond merely avoiding violence. This conference will commemorate the encyclical as a living document that remains fresh today. It also will contribute to animating peacebuilding as a priority for Catholics in the U.S. and will focus attention on ways in which Catholic perspectives on peacbuilding can contribute to the wider debate on the responsibilities and opportunities for peacebuilding in U.S. foreign policy.

The program includes several plenaries and numerous break-out sessions on a wide range of topics led by key individuals in their fields.

Confirmed speakers include:

Cardinal Peter Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Bishop Richard Pates, Chair, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace
Fr. Bryan Hehir, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services
Fr. Drew Christiansen, Professor, Georgetown University and Boston College
Amb. Douglas Roche, former Chairman, United Nations Disarmament Committee
Scott Appleby, Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Maryann Cusimano Love, Professor, The Catholic University of America
Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International
Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
John Carr, former Executive Director, USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace & Human Development
Joan Rosenhauer, Executive VP, U.S. Operations, Catholic Relief Services

For more information, and to register, visit the event page on the CPN website. Registration is free but required. Deadline to register is April 2, 2013.

About the Catholic Peacebuilding Network:
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding at a time when religion is wrongly seen mainly as a source of conflict and division, not a resource for peace and reconciliation. The CPN complements existing peacebuilding efforts by

  • deepening solidarity among scholars and practitioners
  • improving understanding of best practices in peacebuilding
  • developing a theology and ethics of peacebuilding
  • enhancing the peacebuilding capacity of the Church in areas of conflict. 

Spearheaded by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network began in 2004 with 7 institutions and now numbers 21.