The 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), is being celebrated on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The event, which is free and open to all, coincides with the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI so every Christian may embark on a faith journey to renew the joy and enthusiasm found in Christ. The Year of Faith began on the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Second Vatican Council, Oct. 11, 2012, and ends on Nov. 24, 2013, which marks the end of the liturgical calendar.
Pacem in Terris: Called by Our Faith to be Peacemakers, features keynote speaker John Carr, who recently retired after 25 years as executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. Carr presents the powerful message found in Pacem in Terris, and he encourages ongoing efforts to promote life and dignity for all.
Pope John XXIII wrote Pacem in Terris after the nuclear brinkmanship of the Cuban missile crisis, as he saw a growing need for peace. Pacem in Terris presents his vision of international order based on human dignity and rights.
“Today’s headlines tell us that Pope John’s plea to stop the arms race has not been heeded,” said Jean Lim, theology professor at Xavier. “There is still much work to be done to promote the universal common good in the challenges brought by globalization.”
The event is sponsored by the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Social Action, Xavier, the College of Mount St. Joseph, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center and Educating for Peace Coalition.