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The Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul is pleased to announce World Catholicism Week 2010: a celebration at DePaul of the globally interdependent dimensions of Roman Catholic experience of faith at DePaul, in Chicago, across the Americas, and in the world. DePaul faculty, staff, and students are invited to all of the events listed below.

April 20, 2010, Tuesday - This is Our Faith:The Global Diversity of Catholic Youth

The first day is designed for undergraduates and highlights the diverse experiences of Catholic faith across the globe. It opens with Francisco O'Conaire, OFM, Executive Secretary of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission, an advocacy center in Rome that serves the leadership of both women and men's religious institutes in the Catholic Church. The afternoon session is a conversation about the global dimensions of Catholicism with DePaul Professor Michael Budde and Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The day will end with a liturgy and "Feast of Faith" at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish. This event is being co-sponsored by University Ministry, Mission and Values, and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies.

April 21-22, 2010, Wednesday and Thursday- Tradition and Liberation: Charity in Truth and the New Face of Social Progress

The next two days are dedicated to the recent papal encyclical on economic globalization. The opening keynote will feature Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and an advocate for "new thinking" at the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen. This academic conference will feature internationally recognized theologians, economists, and business entrepreneurs. Concurrent sessions will address themes such as "The Economy of Communion," "DePaul's Microfinancing Project in Haiti," "Gratuitousness in Economic Theory and Political Economy," "Catholicism, the Nation-State, and Global Governance," and "Women, the Family, and Economic Justice." The closing address will be delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who spoke in a recent interview about the need for the DePaul conference.

April 23, 2010, Friday - Integrity of Creation: Sustainability & Catholic Higher Education

We are fortunate to be able to coordinate this event alongside the Earth Week activities organized by the DePaul Initiative on Sustainability. The conversation on April 23rd is about sustainability in light of the Catholic identity of DePaul and the mission of higher education. The day will begin with a presentation by John L. Allen, Jr., author and journalist, speaking on “Pope Benedict XVI and Environmentalism.” Mr. Allen has covered the “greening of Catholic thought and activism” in his writings.(Sample coverage) The rest of the day will be dedicated to responses to Allen’s presentation from experts in the field and from DePaul faculty seeking to augment the DePaul curriculum to prepare for a more sustainable future.

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