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Catholic Church and the World

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The Catholic Church has developed teachings on justice and peace that address global challenges of economic and social development, democracy and human rights, conflict resolution, and interreligious dialogue. These resources examine the Church’s engagement in world affairs, particularly in the areas of nuclear disarmament, environmental stewardship, and diplomacy.

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José Casanova

Senior Fellow
Professor Emeritus

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Gerard J. McGlone

Senior Research Fellow

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Project Spotlight

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The Church and Nuclear Issues

From the very beginning, nuclear weapons have been controversial. In response to this grave global threat the Berkley Center is exploring the policy, ethical, and moral challenges involved in moving toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Blog Posts


Discover the firsthand experiences of faith leaders, activists, and peacebuilding practitioners working on issues ranging from development and education to conflict resolution and foreign policy.

For over a decade, Berkley Center scholars and students have been conducting interviews with individuals working at the intersection of religion and world affairs. These discussions offer unique insights into the inner workings of a wide spectrum of professions touched by religion with interviewees ranging from the highest levels of leadership of international organizations to on-the-ground practitioners. Explore individual interviews here or follow links to our interview collections below:

Current and Past Projects

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Education and Social Justice Project

The Education and Social Justice (ESJ) Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to conduct in-depth examinations of innovative educational initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions.
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The Jesuits and Globalization

Over three years the Berkley Center’s Tom Banchoff and Jose Casanova led an interdisciplinary project on the Jesuits and globalization. The project convened an international group of scholars to explore the historical contributions of the Jesuits to…


Book February 1, 2023

Forbidden: Receiving Pope Francis's Condemnation of Nuclear Weapons

At a 2017 Vatican conference, Pope Francis condemned nuclear weapons. This volume presents essays from moral theologians, defense analysts, conflict transformation scholars, and nuclear arms control experts, with testimonies from witnesses to show how we might achieve a nuclear-free world.


March 21, 2023

Washington Summit on the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement (Video)

Duration: 8 hours 57 minutes

January 30, 2023

Is Religious Freedom Under Threat in Ukraine? (Video)

Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes

December 5, 2022

The Vatican and Permanent Neutrality (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 44 minutes

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