The Vatican is hosting a two-day high-level international symposium on a nuclear-weapons-free world this week, against the backdrop of an escalating nuclear tensions. As part of its public education mission and commitment to the vision and steps toward a world without nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Threat Initiative provided support for the event, which will include 11 Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of major foundations and civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops’ conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. The November 10-11 conference is called “Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament.”
Faith organizations see nuclear weapons policy through a moral and ethical prism, and NTI has helped highlight this important perspective. The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, working with Georgetown University’s Berkley Center and Boston College, has been a key NTI partner in both public events and private meetings designed to build expertise and engagement within the Catholic community.
NTI staff will accompany the event’s only student delegation, with participation from University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, Loyola University Chicago.
More from NTI’s Faith-Based Activities
Video: Nuclear Proliferation, Deterrence and Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Approaches, May 24, 2016, with Des Browne, Bishop Robert McElroy, Prof. Maryann Cusimano Love
Video: The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas, September 17, 2015, with Sam Nunn, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Prof. Maryann Love and EJ Dionne
Why Every Christian Should Care about Nuclear Disarmament, Karen Swallow Prior, think Christian blog, February 3, 2015
Pope Francis: Do More to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Pascal Emmanuel Gobry, Patheos, December 8, 2014