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  • Under Caesar's Sword

    Under Caesar's Sword

    Around the world, Christians are brutally persecuted for their faith. How do they respond? Join the Notre Dame community for a Mass and viewing of the groundbreaking documentary Under Caesar's Sword on February 23. Mass at 5:15, screening at 6PM.

    Learn more about the film screening.

  • Vita Institute 2017

    Vita Institute 2017

    Our ND Vita Institute alumni form the leadership of the most influential pro-life organizations around the world. Join us at Notre Dame June 9-17, 2017. Applications due February 28.

    Learn more and begin your application.

  • Economics & Catholic Social Teaching

    Economics & Catholic Social Teaching

    The Center is cosponsoring an introduction to Catholic Social Thought for graduate students and faculty in economics and finance, hosted in Rome May 22-26, 2017. Applications due March 4.

    Learn more about the seminar.

  • African Theology Conference

    African Theology Conference

    The world’s leading experts, scholars, and theologians will gather at the ND Global Gateway in Rome to reflect upon the 20th century origins of African Christian theology and discuss its future in light of today’s most pressing problems.

    Learn more about the conference.

  • Evangelium Vitae 2017

    Evangelium Vitae 2017

    The 2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal for heroes of the pro-life movement will go to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. Mark your calendar to join us for the celebration on April 29, 2017.

    Learn more about the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

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CEC Director Praises Pro-Life Legacy of US Rep. Henry Hyde

In a featured article in the January 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine, CEC Director Carter Snead profiled the late US Representative Henry Hyde, a bipartisan lawmaker and pro-life champion who represented the state of Illinois from 1975-2007. "It is no exaggeration to say that the late U.S. Representative Henry J. Hyde was the greatest American champion in the most important human rights struggle of our time – namely, the fight for equal justice under law for the unborn child," writes Snead.

Read Professor Snead's profile of Rep. Hyde.


New Fellowship Honors CEC Founding Director David Solomon

As the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture's 17th Annual Fall Conference came to a close, William P. and Hazel B. White Director O. Carter Snead announced the establishment of a $1.25 million endowed graduate student fellowship honoring the Center's founding director, David Solomon. "Professor Solomon is the visionary who had the will, the creativity, the insight, the judgment, and the energy to create the Center for Ethics and Culture so many years ago," said Snead. "We are very pleased that, in perpetuity, there will be a David Solomon Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters who will share David's passion for the Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame."

Read more about the David Solomon Fellowship.


Director Snead on Pope Francis' Pro-Life Vision

CEC Director Carter Snead was quoted in a widely-published Associated Press article about Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera, in which the Holy Father extended permission for all priests to release penitents from canonical penalties resulting from the sin of abortion. In the AP article, Professor Snead is quoted as saying that the core of the pro-life message as expressed by Pope Francis "is one of radical hospitality, mercy and unconditional love for every member of the human family." The November 21, 2016 story was published by more than 100 media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News, Fox News, the Washington Times, the Boston Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Detroit News, and the Seattle Times.

Read the AP article as published in the Washington Times.


2017 Evangelium Vitae Medal Awarded to Jerome Lejeune Foundation

"Professor Lejeune was a man of great faith, a brilliant geneticist, and a prophetic voice on behalf of people who suffer from intellectual disabilties," said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. "He spent his professional life engaged in cutting-edge scientific research into the genetic causes of disabilities like Down syndrome and trisomy 18. He was motivated by deep compassion and an abiding love for disabled people, born and unborn. Today, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation carries on Professor Lejeune’s work by sponsoring ethically-conducted genetic research, securing healthcare for those with disabilities, and performing advocacy on behalf of the disabled in light of our shared human dignity." Snead concluded, "The Jerome Lejeune Foundation perfectly embodies the spirit of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal."

Read more about Professor Lejeune and the Foundation here.

Upcoming Events

Under Caesar's Sword Mass & Screening

Thursday, February 23
Basilica of the Sacred Heart & Washington Hall

Under Caesars Sword

Join Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to pray for persecuted Christians and see the new documentary on Christians' responses to persecution. For more details, visit the event page.