Responses to Forced Displacement – Taking Action on Catholic Social Teaching: Ukraine as One Case in Point
September 21, 2022 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm Timezone: America/New_York


Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 3700 ‘O’ St. NW, Washington, DC USA

Forced displacement seems to have become a permanent feature of our global landscape. Today, more than 100 million people live uprooted from their homes and places of origin because of conflict, persecution and violence. Join us for a discussion of what Catholic Social Teaching means for responding to refugees and other displaced people, with a particular focus on Ukraine.


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The featured speaker, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, has decades of experience working with refugees and displaced people, including positions with Catholic Charities, Caritas Internationalis and the the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 2016, he took up the position as Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission, a global network of Catholic Bishops Conferences engaged in capacity building and service to migrants and refugees. He also serves as an Attaché for the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, as a Member of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, and as the Ecclesiastical Advisor to the International Catholic Child Bureau. He also presently chairs a Working Group of global Catholic humanitarian agencies responding to Ukraine and he visited Ukraine in July.

Moderated by David Hollenbach S.J., Pedro Arrupe Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Introduction by Elizabeth Ferris, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Co-organized by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Center for Faith and Justice; and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.


ICMC provides assistance and protection to vulnerable people on the move and advocates for sustainable solutions for refugees and migrants.