Conference commemorates Pacem in Terris at 50


Peacebuilding 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50 Conference will be held April 9-10 at The Catholic University in America at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. This conference is one of the principal commemorations of the 50th anniversary of “Pacem in Terris” in the United States. The conference will examine the ways in which Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) is a living document that remains fresh today.

Leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners will discuss topics such as human rights and development, nuclear agenda, reconciliation, the environment and peace, theology of peacebuilding, and more.

The conference begins April 9 with Mass and will include several speeches by key scholars and policymakers, alternated with 12 break-out sessions on conference topics, before concluding in the late afternoon on April 10.

Registration is free, but is required for meals and conference materials. For more information and to register by April 2,  visit .


Confirmed plenary speakers include:

•Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

•Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

•Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace

•Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services

•Rev. Bryan Hehir, professor, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

•Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics and fellow, Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

•Scott Appleby, director, University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

•Frank Rose, United States State Department’s Arms Control Bureau.

Catholic Peacebuilding Network is sponsoring the event and includes numerous co-sponsors.

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