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International Religious Freedom

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International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012  2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064 

Biography of the Speakers

Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s Opening Address

Archbishop John Onaiyekans Panel on Nigeria

Dr. Thomas F. Farr’s Presentation on Religious Freedom  

Denis McDonough’s Address

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi’s Keynote Address

Co-sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Catholic University of America, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (CUA), and Catholic Relief Services

Schedule
2:00 p.m. Welcome /Opening Prayer

  • Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Stephen F. Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
  • Welcome: President John Garvey, The Catholic University of America
  • Prayer: Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston
  • Introduction: Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of Des Moines and Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

2:20 p.m. Opening Address
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

2:55 p.m. Introduction to Panel Discussions
Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi
Director, Office of International Justice and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

3:00 p.m. Break 

3:15 p.m. Case Studies on Religious Freedom: Panel Discussions
Each panel will consist of a bishop knowledgeable about the affected country and a policy analyst and will be moderated by a U.S. bisop.

  • Nigeria
    • Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja
    • Rev. Aniedi Okure, O.P., Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
    • Moderator: Bishop Martin Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, Chairman, Subcommittee on African American Affairs, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Iraq
    • Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
    • Ms. Tina Ramirez, Director of International and Government Relations, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
    • Moderator: Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, Board Chairman, Catholic Relief Services
  • Cuba
    • Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami
    • Mr. Thomas Garofalo, Congressional Foreign Policy Advisor; Former Consultant, U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative, New America Foundation; Former Country Representative for Cuba, Catholic Relief Services
    • Moderator: Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston

4:15 pm Break 

4:30 p.m. Summaries of Panels (by designated reporters)

  • Nigeria: Mr. Paul Miller, Foreign Aid Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
  • Iraq: Ms. Virginia Farris, Foreign Policy Advisor, Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Cuba: Dr. Sandra Barrueco, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

4:45 p.m. Plenary Panel: What can the Church do to defend international religious freedom?

  • Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School, University of Chicago
  • Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America, and former Fellow, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Mr. John Carr, Resident Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and former Executive Director, USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
  • Moderator: Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre 3

6:00 Break 

6:15 U.S. Policy and International Religious Freedom

  • Mr. Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Dr. Thomas F. Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington

7:15 p.m. Reception

8:00 p.m. Dinner

  • Master of Ceremonies: Bishop Richard Pates, Bishop of Des Monies
  • Greeting: Dr. James F. Brennan, Provost, The Catholic University of America
  • Opening Prayer: Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja
  • Introduction: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
  • Keynote Speaker: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Closing Remarks and Prayer: Dr. Carolyn Woo, President, Catholic Relief Services

9:30 p.m. Adjourn