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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 will be introduced by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, Archbishop Tomasi will discuss 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 will be joined by leading experts for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A following his lecture.
A reception will follow.
This event is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Nuclear Threat Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs; the Initiative on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, a collaboration of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.
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