Pope Francis’ Vision of Peace

Disarmament, Development, and Inclusiveness in the Catholic Conception of Just Peace - A Lecture by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

January 30, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. EST
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map

Pope Francis has condemned nuclear deterrence, ratified the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, and been a leader in the campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. In an address in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019, he declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.” One of the pope’s closest advisors on this campaign has been Archbishop Silvano Tomasi.

In this lecture, which was introduced by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, Archbishop Tomasi discussed the Catholic Church’s role in the movement to abolish nuclear weapons, including the pope’s teaching, Vatican diplomatic initiatives in support of disarmament, and the responsibilities of Catholics in this current effort. Archbishop Tomasi was joined by leading experts for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A following his lecture. 

A reception followed the lecture. 

This event was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Nuclear Threat Initiative. It was co-sponsored by the Initiative on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, a collaboration of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. Additional co-sponsors included: 

  • International Federation of Catholic Universities
  • Georgetown University’s Office of the President, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, and Center on National Security and the Law

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