Women of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have played significant roles in peacemaking efforts and conflict resolution over the centuries, said speakers at a recent conference at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Dr Donna Orsuto, director of The Lay Centre and professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, was among the speakers, along with Dr Irene Kajon, philosophy professor at Sapienza University, and Dr IlhamAllah Chiara Ferrero, secretary general of the Italian Islamic Religious Community.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Ken Hackett, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, also spoke of the inspirational work of women in peacemaking.
The April 14 conference, titled “Women’s Leadership in Conflict Resolution: Faith Perspectives,” was organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the John Paul II Institute for Interreligious Dialogue.