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Religious Freedom & Human Rights:
Path to Peace in the Holy Land
That All May Be Free

Monday, September 9, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center – Great Room
The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064

Co-sponsored by:

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
  • Institute for Policy Research& Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America
  • Catholic Relief Services

This conference aimed to explore religious freedom and human rights issues in the Holy Land from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim perspectives with the hope of contributing to the peace process & fostering respect among peoples of the region.

For videos from the event, view below:

Program

8:45 AM     Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM     Welcome/Opening Prayer    

Master of Ceremonies:  Dr. Stephen F. Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

Welcome:  John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America

Prayer: Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of Des Moines; Chair, Committee on International Justice & Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Introduction of Keynote Speaker and Respondent:  Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President, Catholic Relief Services

9:30 AM     Opening Address: “Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land – That All May Be Free”

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC

10:00 AM     Respondent                                                                                                              

Dr. Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

 

 

 

 

10:30 AM     Break

10:45 AM     Human Rights in the Holy Land

Moderator:

Bill O’Keefe, Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services

Panelists:

Jessica Montell, Executive Director, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Raffoul Rofa, Director, Society of St. Yves, a Catholic human rights organization working in Jerusalem

11:30 AM     Questions and Answers

12:00 PM     Prayer:

Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore;  Chair, Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

12:30 PM     Introduction of Luncheon Speaker

Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore

 

 

 

 

12:35 PM     Luncheon Presentation

“Challenges of a Christian University in the Holy Land”

Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD,  Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, West Bank

 

 

 

 

1:20 PM     Break

1:30 PM     Student Perspectives on Religious Freedom & Human Rights

Moderator:

Robert Christian, Graduate Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

Panelists:

Lubna Alzaroo, University of Washington graduate student and Bethlehem University alumni (Read Speech Here)

Nagib Kasbary, Bethlehem University graduate (Read Speech Here)

Naor Bitton, University of Minnesota graduate student and Hebrew University alumni

2:45 PM     Break

3:00 PM     Policy Perspectives on Religious Freedom

Moderator:

Margaret Melady, President, Melady Associates

Panelists:

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Member, Palestinian Legislative Council

President, Palestinian Medical Relief Society

Marshall Breger, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America

3:45 PM     Questions and Answers

4:15 PM     Closing Reflection

Dr. Stephen Colecchi, Director, Office of International Justice & Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Read Speech Here)

 

 

 

 

4:30 PM     Reception                                                                                            (Atrium)

 

Conference attendance is by invitation only. For queries, please contact JPHD-USCCB.org.

8:00 a.m. Mass available at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Here is your one-stop shop for all of IPR’s Religious Freedom and Human Rights Conference post-conference news, transcripts and videos!

To view Stephen Colecchi’s closing remarks at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To view Lubna Alzaroo’s remarks at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To view Nagib Kasbary’s talk at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To view Raffoul Rofa’s speech at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To view Jessica Montell’s lecture at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To view Brother Peter Bray’s lunch lecture at IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

To watch all videos from IPR’s religious freedom conference, click HERE

Check out these articles on our recent Religious Freedom & Human Rights event:

Religious liberty key to peace in Middle East, cardinal says by Adelaide Mena, CNA

Human rights, religious freedom called necessary to lasting peace by Mark Pattison, Boston Pilot

Cardinal recently back from Middle East speaks of Syrian refugees’ struggle by Joshua McElwee, NCR

Youth call education key in solving Israel-Palestine conflict by Adelaide Mena, CNA

Below are pictures of our speakers from IPR’s inter-religious freedom conference held on Sept. 9th.

Stay tuned for videos of the panel discussions and lectures!

Brother Peter Bray engages with attendees of the conference.

Lubna Alzaroo, University of Washington, speaks at the Student Perspective Panel

Nagib Kasbary, Bethlehem University, gives his presentation at the Student Perspectives Panel

Student Perspective Panelists (Left to Right): Nagib Kasbary, Naor Bitton, Lubna Alzaroo.

Student Perspective Panelists (Left to Right): Nagib Kasbary, Naor Bitton, Lubna Alzaroo.

Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, West Bank, gives the luncheon presentation.

Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, West Bank, gives the luncheon presentation.

Raffoul Rofa, Executive Director of the Society of St. Yves of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Catholic Center for Human Rights, presents at the Human Rights Panel

Raffoul Rofa, Executive Director of the Society of St. Yves of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Catholic Center for Human Rights, presents at the Human Rights Panel