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WHAT:

Conference: 120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World

WHEN:

Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3

WHERE:

The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS: CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will host a two-day conference titled “120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World.” This conference — featuring major addresses by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and John Sweeney, former president of the AFL-CIO — celebrates the encyclical’s 120th anniversary.


The landmark papal encyclical Rerum Novarum — meaning “Of New Things” — appeared in May 1891. Written by Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum was the Church’s blueprint for its engagement with the moral imperatives posed by the modern world. In particular, the encyclical marked the Church’s embracing of its mission for justice and morality in the economy, in political life, and in society. The conference traces the legacy of Rerum Novarum through the Church’s 20th-century and contemporary policy engagements, with special attention to the Church’s work on questions of labor, economy, justice, and government.

This conference is the last event in a series celebrating the theme of President John Garvey’s inaugural year — Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at 202-319-5999, or visit the institute's website

SPONSOR: Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

 

 

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