Former Vatican Ambassador headlines Duquesne talks on Catholicism and world peace

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

The most recent U.S. ambassador to the Vatican will headline a series of Founders Week talks at Duquesne University on Catholic efforts to promote global peace over the past 50 years. The conference examines the impact of a 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris or Peace on Earth, by Blessed Pope John XXIII.
Miguel Diaz, who was ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012, will speak Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the university’s Power Center. His topic is “Pacem in Terris: Exploring the Interpersonal Ordering of God’s Household, Questioning the World’s Disorder and Building Bridges for the Sake of the Common Good.”
Dr. Diaz, a theologian, left the Vatican post last year to teach at the University of Dayton. By coincidence, one of the leading candidates to replace him as ambassador to the Vatican is Nicholas Cafardi, a professor and dean emeritus of the Duquesne University School of Law.
Other Founders Week talks include:
“Celebrating 50 Years of Pacem in Terris: Its Relevance Today and Tomorrow.” The Rev. Kenneth Himes a Franciscan who teaches at Boston College will speak at 3 p.m., Tues. Jan. 29, 2013 in the Power Center, and a panel will respond.
“Catholic Strategies of International Conflict Resolution: Will the Rise of ‘Islamo-Liberals’ Reduce Western-Islamic Hostilities?’ The speaker is Mark Haas, an associate professor of political science at Duquesne and author of “The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security.” He will speak Wednesday January 30, 2013 at noon in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union.
“Perspectives on Catholic Peace-building Since Pacem in Terris.” The Rev. Brian Starken, a Spiritan priest who spent 20 years running a refugee camp in war-torn Sierra Leone will speak Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union.
All events are free and open to everyone.

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