Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is coming to Des Moines next month for the World Food Prize. There will be a couple of opportunities for the public to see him. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, he will present the Newman Lecture at Sheslow Auditorium on Drake University's Campus. His topic will be the "Vocation of the Business Leader." A document produced by his council, also called "Vocation of the Business Leader" speaks to social justice issues of respecting the principles of human dignity and the common good. Cardinal Turkson wrote: "The transformative developments of our era -- globalization, communications technologies and financialisation -- produce problems alongside their benefits: inequality, economic dislocation, information overload, financial instability and many other pressures leading away from serving the common good. Business leaders who are guided by ethical social principles, lived through virtues and illuminated for Christians by the Gospel, can, nonetheless, succeed and contribute to the common good." Register to see him at the Newman Lecture because seating is limited. Go to http://www.stcatherinedrake.org/ to register.
Another opportunity to see Cardinal Turkson will be at an interfaith prayer service on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at St. Ambrose Cathedral beginning at 8 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Can't make it to these events? Then listen to "In the Heartland With Bishop Pates" radio show on Friday, Oct. 18 on Iowa Catholic Radio to hear Bishop Pates talk with Cardinal Turkson. The show begins at 10 a.m. You can hear the show on 1150AM, 88.5 FM or 94.5 FM in central Iowa or 102.5 FM in western Iowa.