Catholic Peacebuilders Gather in Rome

Author: Kristi Flaherty

About 80 diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, peacebuilding practitioners, Church and religious leaders, and academics gathered in Rome on June 30 at the Christian Brothers’ Casa La Salle to consider the future of peacebuilding and contributions from Catholic theology, ethics, and practice. The meeting was organized by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN), which works to strengthen the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding around the world.  

Sponsors included the CPN; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, Catholic Theological Union (Chicago); Caritas Internationalis; Catholic Relief Services; Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College; Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America; Institute for Theology and Peace, Germany; Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego; Order of Friars Minor; and Pax Christi International.

Speakers at the meeting included Cardinal Peter Turkson of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Michel Roy of Caritas Internationalis; Maryann Cusimano Love of Catholic University of America; Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International; Fr. Robert Schreiter of Catholic Theological Union; Claudio Betti of Sant’Egidio Community; Fr. William Headley of the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies; and Gerard F. Powers of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Contact: Gerard Powers, 574-631-6970,