In a 2015 audience with children of the Peace Factory, Pope Francis stated: “We are all equal — all of us — but this truth is not recognized, this equality is not recognized…When we do not see this, society is unjust. It does not follow the rule of justice, and where there is no justice, there cannot be peace.”
These words echo the words of Pope Paul VI who, in his 1972 World Day of Peace Message, spoke of peace as rooted in justice — a sincere feeling for our fellow human beings and for the earth, especially the marginalized and oppressed.
In the 2018-2019 lectures, our speakers invite us to explore the search for peace and justice as it is present in so many aspects of our world: along the path of reconciliation; among women in the church; and in the ongoing work to overcome the injustice of the death penalty. They will consider how The Saint John’s Bible illuminates justice, the intersection of social transformation, culture and architecture, and the challenges faced by young people who are seeking meaning and peace outside the doors of our churches.
For more information about this series please look at the "Speaker" listings below or visit the St. Jerome's University website at www.sju.ca/lce.
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Cristina Vanin, PhD
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April 5, 2019 - DETERMINISM AND OPTIMISM - Janna Levitt
We extend our gratitude to all the individuals and organizations who make it possible to bring these lectures to the community every year, including:
Congregation of the Resurrection
Family and Friends of Laurence A. Cummings
Family and Friends of Ken Devlin
Family and Friends of John Sweeney
Family and Friends of John J. Wintermeyer
Friends of Michael W. Higgins
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters)
Jesuits of Canada
Patrons of the Lectures in Catholic Experience
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Sr. Helen Prejean-March 1, 2019
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