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Ugandan priest, peace advocate to present annual Lawler Lecture

Creighton University’s 2016 Lawler Lecture will welcome an internationally celebrated Roman Catholic priest, theologian and professor of peace studies to campus in March.

The Rev. Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and University of Notre Dame, will present “Taking Root: On land, the church and the future of Africa,” for the 18th annual Lawler Lecture in Catholic Theology at 5 p.m. March 3 in Room 3023 of the Harper Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ordained into the priesthood by the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda, Katongole focuses his research on politics and violence in Africa, the theology of reconciliation and Catholicism in the Global South.

Katongole has written books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda and Christian approaches to justice, peace and reconciliation. He published his most recent book, “The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa,” in 2010 and plans to contribute to “Contending Modernities,” a cross-cultural research initiative on Catholic, Muslim and secular forces in the modern world.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Catholic Thought and the Dr. and Mrs. Ray Kiefer Endowed Lawler Lecture Fund.

A pre-lecture reception will begin at 4:15 p.m. For more information, contact colleenhastings@creighton.edu.

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