A Dialogue of Love: Interreligious Cooperation and Global Well-Being

November 16, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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The Annual John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding

Join us for an inspiring virtual event with Professor Azza Karam, secretary general of Religions for Peace International, the world’s largest multi-religious coalition working to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. 

Known for her distinguished record of leadership at the United Nations, where she worked to gain recognition of the importance of religion in international affairs, Professor Karam will join us in a conversation about the ways multifaith alliances can take concrete actions to further peace and well-being in our fractured world.


About Professor Azza Karam

Professor Azza Karam, the new secretary general of Religions for Peace International and professor of religion and development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, served as a senior advisor on culture at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and as chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development; where she coordinated engagement with members of over 600 faith-based organizations. She was the lead facilitator for the United Nations’ Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion, Development and Diplomacy, building on a legacy of serving as a facilitator of inter-cultural leadership and management in the Arab region as well as Europe and Central Asia.

Professor Karam served in the United Nations since 2004, as well as other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations since the early 1990s.

About the John Paul II Lecture

Co-sponsored by the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with special thanks for the generosity of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

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