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A Vision of an Inclusive Economy in the Age of Pope Francis and Recurring Financial Crisis

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Heritage Hall, Father O’Connell Hall
The Catholic University of America


A Vision of an Inclusive Economy in the Age of Pope Francis and Recurring Financial Crisis

A Religious View Towards Building an Economic System that Protects the Vulnerable and Promotes Universal Prosperity

November 9, 2016
6:30-8:00 pm
Reception to follow

Father O’Connell Hall
Heritage Hall 
The Catholic University of America (CUA)
620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20064

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, international institutions are focusing on crisis prevention and addressing inequality. While there is broad agreement on the causes of these world-wide problems, solutions continue to be debated. Pope Francis, during his 2015 address to the United Nations, was specific in the need to resolve debt and financial crisis through predictable processes and policies. For twenty years the Catholic Church and most major faith groups advocated for a “Jubilee” and raised awareness on the impact of financial crisis on the most vulnerable. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi’s lecture explores what it means to build an inclusive financial system and address the structural causes of extreme poverty. His comments will reflect on how tax, trade and debt policies can and should address these issues.

This critical address comes as trade pacts like the Trans Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership continue to be negotiated for passage. The IMF and United Nations are debating improving debt restructuring and enacting a global bankruptcy process to stave off economic crisis. Globally, world leaders are focusing on the link between tax evasion, corruption and inequality. What is a religious view to resolving these issues? What policy prescriptions do we need to build consensus on?


Archbishop Silvano Tomasi
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Former Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations


Archbishop Roberto González
Diocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gail Hurley
Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme

Reverend Aniedi Okure, OP
Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network
Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at CUA

Maryanne Cusimano Love

Associate Professor of International Relations, Catholic University of America

Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi, Director

Office of International Justice and Peace United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Sponsors: Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at CUA, and Jubilee USA.


 Please note that parking near Father O’Connell Hall is relaxed. 

Metro: While CUA is located right next to the Brookland-CUA Metro Stop, currently, due to Safetrack, we highly recommend that attendees drive to the event, rather than take the Metro. 

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