During a time when the United States is choosing its future leader and all in the Americas share concerns about immigration, economic disparity, globalization and the state of our environment, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and DePaul University in Chicago invite you to participate in "Transformed by Hope: Building a Catholic Social Theology for the Americas."
This conference, which marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 historic meeting of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) in Medellín, Colombia, will bring the strength of Catholic social teaching to bear on the urgent concerns of our day. The goal is to project a vision of Christian hope and solidarity for the Church of the Americas.
Opening Plenary Session: Wednesday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 pm at CTU
Forty Years after Medellín: Ecclesial Solidarity Across Borders
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archbishop James Weisgerber of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops/La Conférence des Évêques Catholiques du Canada
Reverend Sidney Fones, Secretary General Adjunct of el Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano
Second Plenary Session: Thursday, October 30, 9:00-10:20 am, at DePaul University
Medellín, Aparecida, and the Future
Third Plenary Session: Thursday, October 30, 2:30-4:30 pm, at DePaul University
Catholic Social Theology: Perspectives Across the Americas
Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Boston College
Laura Vargas Valcárcel, CEAS (Comisión Episcopal de Acción Social): Peruvian Bishops’ Social Action Commission
With a response by Peter Casarella, DePaul University
Closing Enlace Session: Friday, October 31, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, at CTU
Theological Voices from a Globalized Hemisphere
John Allen, National Catholic Reporter
Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Bryan Massingale, Marquette University
Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Catholic Theological Union
If you are interested in attending this conference, Register Today. Space is limited!
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