Event with Sen. Sam Nunn: The Pope and the Bomb

Although his recent encyclical on the environment has captured headlines, Pope Francis also has been pressing the moral case for a world free of nuclear weapons. Recent statements at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons have raised questions about shifts in Vatican policy, consternation from some nuclear weapons states and a sense of possibility for those working to eliminate these weapons.  

On September 17, 2015, a week before the pope's trip to the United States, this event considered the moral and policy implications of major new initiatives by Pope Francis and the Holy See on nuclear proliferation and disarmament. This event included: 

  • Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman, Committee on International Justice & Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative

  • Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America

  • Moderator: E.J. Dionne, Jr., Columnist, The Washington Post 

To see the event, play the video below:

Sponsored by:
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University
  • The Jesuit Institute at Boston College
  • Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America


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