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Fmr. IPR Director Robert A. Destro
sworn in at the State Department as Ass't Secretary of State for Human Rights, Democracy and Labor.
Professor Maryann Cusimano Love participated in a podcast on nuclear disarmament, the Catholic church, and what to expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in Japan.
Robert Destro stands with his wife, Brenda, holding the Bible during his swearing in cememony, which was administered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 11/22. The event was held in the Diplomatic Reception room of the Department of State. Danuta Pereira, Destro's former assistant, is shown with him. (lower rt.)
IPR Fellow, Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations. She serves on: the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee. Listen to the Podcast
NEW! IPR Fellow and podcast host Matthew Foley, J.D. discusses blockchain technology and what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
IPR Fellow Matt Foley has a new podcast called "My Digital Self." Find it here, and on
January 30, 2020
A Conversation with Archbishop Tomasi
Archbishop Tomasi has served previously as permanent observer to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Agencies in Geneva, Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to Ethiopia and Eritrea, Apostolic Nuncio to Djibouti, and Observer to the African Union. He also served as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and was the first Director of the Office of Migrants and Refugees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was Co-Founder of the Center for Migration Studies, and of The International Migration Review. Archbishop Tomasi earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham.
Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love,
Thursday January 30, 2020,
11 am- 12:25 pm
Great Room C,
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
A New Documentary by Studia Meona
Directed by D.Mills,
Consulting by G.C. Chen
For more information, contact the
The Heart of Virtue According to Romano Guardini
Rev. Eugene Hemrick
In Loyola University's bookstore in Chicago, my eye caught The Virtues by Romano Guardini. Small in size and inexpensive I purchased it never imagining it would be the basis of my homilies, articles and retreats during fifty-four years of priesthood. Nor did I envision it turning my four years of studying moral theology in Latin inside out, and then later inspiring me to write The Promise of Virtue, a companion to it.
What attracted me in The Virtues is its focus on the challenges, foes and needed strength involved in being the authentic human person God desires of us.
During the occasion of his death on October 1, 1968, theologian Karl Rahner recalled Guardini was born into a Catholic church that saw itself "as an intellectually, culturally and humanly self-sufficient closed society, on the defensive, seeking to win support by her conservatism."
Rahner recalled that Guardini saw the church different, needing to take a new stance that "plunges into the situation of the time, giving and also ready to receive, sharing the problems and perils of the time, bursting into a new age which even it cannot plan in advance, serving and concerned not with itself but with men and women." Guardini's work is about humanity's involvement in humanity. Read the full article
His Eminence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel
of Ethiopia Visits Catholic University's Weiner Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts.
The collection of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts is one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious texts in the United States.
Jeremy Brown, (left) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures shows one of the manuscripts to Cardinal Souraphiel and Fitsum Arega,(right) Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S.
A handmade page of one book, intricately illuminated, is typical of the collection that is stored within CUA’s Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR), a research auxiliary of the Semitics department.
Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel travelled from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. to meet with the largest diaspora community of Ethiopians in the U.S. The Cardinal heads the Peace and Reconciliation Committee in his country, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year for its efforts to resolve long-standing conflicts with neighboring Eritrea, and for “important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future.” The Cardinal also visited The Catholic University of America to meet with President Garvey, students in Dr. Cusimano Love's Politics class, and the Curator and staff of the Semitics/ICOR Collections.
Interview: Sen Nieh of the China Working Group
Tuidang: "Quitting the Party" Gaining Momentum
Sen Nieh, chair and professor, mechanical engineering was interviewed by The Epoch Times about a petition that seeks White House support to break ties with the Chinese communist party.
Episode 1: Dr. Dennis Nilsen & Dr. Srdja Trifković. Trifkovic is the editor at Chronicles Magazine for foreign affairs, professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, and renowned expert on the politics and history of the Balkans. Nilsen holds a PhD in Politics from the Catholic University of America (2018) and has spent almost ten years teaching politics and history at the university level.
Interfaith Group Raises Awareness of Ongoing Genocide and Persecution of Rohingya and Kachin peoples in Myanmar.
IPR Fellow Marshall Breger, an expert in International Law (2nd from the right) meets with an interfaith task force working on the humanitarian crisis in the Rohingya and Kachin populations in Myanmar. From the left, Joe Murray of First Principles Strategies; U Shwe Maung, fmr. member of the Myanmar Parliament; Imam Malik Majahid, Chair of the Burma Task Force, USA; Sut Nau Ndayu, U.S. President of the Kachin National Organization; and Rabbi Michael Safra. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 394 to 1, (with 38 not voting) to declare the violence against the Rohingya a genocide, and condemned the arrest of two Reuter's journalists who reported on mass graves in the country.
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