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50th Anniversary of Vatican II Message on Dialogue with Non-Christians to be Explored at Duquesne

Experts and researchers from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist faiths will discuss the impact and 50-year legacy of Nostra Aetate, the guiding document for Catholics interacting with non-Christian religions, at a two-day conference at Duquesne University.

Duquesne's Division of Mission and Identity, theology department and the Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp, Endowed Chair in Mission will host lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International experts will offer keynote lectures on Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. with responses from Duquesne faculty:

  • Rabbi Alons Goshen-Gottstein, executive director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute in Jerusalem, Nostra Aetate and Jewish-Christian Dialogue; respondent Dr. Marie Baird, associate professor of theology
  • Dr. Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, Nostra Aetate and Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Building Faith Neighbors; respondent Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, associate professor of theology
  • The Rev. James L. Fredericks, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount, Nostra Aetate and Christian-Buddhist Dialogue; respondent Dr. Devassikutty Madathummuriyil, associate professor of theology.

On Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, a panel discussion comprising the previous day's keynote speakers, titled Transforming Christian Relations with Other Religions, will be moderated by Dr. George Worgul, Duquesne professor of theology. Attendees also will have opportunity to join the discussion.

Both sessions of the conference will be in the Africa Room of Duquesne's Union, and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the theology department at 412.396.6530.

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