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International Groups

Catholic Peace Ministry
Jeffrey Weiss
4211 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 255-8114

Central Mission of the Organization:

Catholic Peace Ministry seeks to help people answer God's call to be his instruments of peace. It is an independent organization that uses prayer, dialogue and action to pursue peace. Catholic Peace Ministry offers educational workshops, lobbies for a nonviolent foreign policy and engages with the citizenry.

History of the Organization:

CPM was formed in the early 1980s to facilitate the work called for by Roman Catholic Social Statements to work for peace and justice. It has focused mostly on issues of Central America, militarization, economic justice and the death penalty. CPM is an independent, non-profit organization with no official ties to the Des Moines Catholic Diocese.

International Issues and Focus:

Moving the US from a permanent war to a civilian economy.
Ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Supporting a world without nuclear weapons.


Accepts members. No fee.

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March 15, 2018
The Harkin Institute’s Spring 2018 Sussman Lecture on April 12 will feature a discussion on the top national security issues of the day with a panel of experts who work in the field.