Friar to speak on building peace


CLINTON — How do we relate to individuals and countries that believe differently than we do? How do we deal with our so-called enemies? Is torture morally acceptable? How do we respond to terrorism?

Franciscan Friar Louis Vitale, OFM, returns to Clinton on Tuesday, April 21, to deal with these critical questions in light of his recent trip to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation Civilian Diplomacy Delegation.

He will make a free, public presentation at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N. at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 21.

Fr. Vitale has been grappling with these and other related questions for nearly half a century since he began his journey as a young man when he had a conversion to nonviolence after he left the U. S. Air Force where he served as a flight office during the Korean War.


At the Clinton presentation, he will discuss the importance of dialoguing with our enemies instead of warring against them, based on his experience in Iran last month and developments around the forging of new relationships with the Iranian people and government.

For more information contact Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611, or see

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