Pope John XXIII’s historic encyclical has deep ties to campus community
On April 11, 1963, Pope John XXIII published an encyclical titled Pacem in Terris, or “Peace on Earth,” during the escalation of the Cold War. The now-landmark text, released just two months before the pope’s death, was directed not only to Catholics but also to “all men of good will.” With it, he urged government leaders to address political differences through negotiation, not arms, placing heavy emphasis on international human rights. The encyclical spawned the creation of Manhattan College’s interdisciplinary Peace Studies program, still popular among students.
Manhattan College is marking the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris with a series of lectures, capped off by an archival exhibit showcasing the links between the encyclical and the Peace Studies program.
“The quest for peace is never ending, and we hope this semester’s events will remind students, faculty, staff and members of the community of the importance of working together for a better world,” said Thomas Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and director of the Peace Studies program.
Following is a lineup of events. All are free and open to the public.
For more information on each event, contact Thomas Ferguson at (718) 862-7137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media interested in attending any of the events should contact John Tucker at (718) 862-7232 or email@example.com.