"Peace is an Open Workshop," keynote by Mauro Garofalo (Community of Sant'Egidio)

Mauro Garofalo, head of International Relations for the Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome, gives this opening keynote for the international World Catholicism Week conference, "Put Away Your Sword: Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World."

In his talk, he discusses the theoretical and theological aspects, as well as the practice, of the nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution developed by the Community of Sant'Egidio at the end of the 1980s and how the organization has continued to practice and expand these intiatives all over the world.​ 

The "Put Away Your Sword" conference continues on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, with a second keynote by Robert Emmet Meagher (Saturday evening) and 5 panel discussions featuring speakers from around the world—Lebanon, Kenya, Colombia, India, Brazil, Croatia, the U.S., and the Philippines.

For the conference schedule, speaker bios, and to register, please visit the conference website at http://worldcathweek.depaul.edu

More about the Conference, "Put Away Your Sword"
In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's first World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis issued the groundbreaking statement, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace." It was perhaps the Vatican's first official statement on active nonviolence, and it raises a number of important questions for the world Church: Is God nonviolent, and does God want us to renounce violence as well? In a violent world, does nonviolence work?

The conference speakers will explore these questions through five different lenses, each a different roundtable discussion:

  • theologies of nonviolence
  • martyrdom and the cross
  • practices of nonviolent peacebuilding and the "responsibility to protect"
  • gender and nonviolence
  • grassroots church formation of people in the practice of nonviolence

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314B
2250 N Sheffield Ave

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