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World Catholicism Week

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Rise Up and Walk: Catholicism and Health Care across the Globe

April 16-18, 2021 Online via Zoom

The Catholic Church is perhaps the largest provider of health care in the world. From sophisticated Catholic hospital systems to small rural clinics, the Church continues the legacy of healing begun by Jesus. Today, however, the gap between technologically advanced medicine and the needs of the desperately poor continues to widen. 

EKG showing a Christian cross
This conference will address some of the most pressing issues facing Catholic health care providers around the globe and brings together speakers from Uganda, India, Ecuador, South Korea, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Zambia. Panels will discuss 

    • Catholic health care services and strategies 
    • biblical and theological narratives of health and healing
    • the relationship between Western and non-Western traditions of medicine
    • healing trauma and invisible wounds
    • Catholic partnerships between the global South and global North

Keynote Speakers

Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN
Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Thomas A. Saunders III Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Author, Into Africa: A Transnational History of Catholic Missions & Social Change


David Cayley (Award-winning journalist & CBC Radio One broadcaster)
David Cayley

  • Award-winning journalist & former host of CBC Radio One's "Ideas" (Toronto)
  • Author, Ideas on the Nature of Science

See the full line-up of speakers and their bios here.


More about the Conference

Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), World Catholicism Week is now in its 12th year; an annual event, it gathers scholars from around the world to explore a single topic. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: