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Bishop Wuerl, Rabbi Steindel Honored Guests at “Blessing” Celebration

Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl and Stephen E. Steindel, D.D., senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, will give opening remarks at a special reception celebrating the opening of the historic exhibit A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & The Jewish People at Duquesne University.The interactive exhibit includes photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the groundbreaking contributions of Pope John Paul II to advance relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. The four major areas in the display represent the four periods in the life of Pope John Paul II. Included among his personal effects featured in the exhibit are his baptismal certificate, the biretta he wore when he was named cardinal, a cane he used during his March 2000 visit to Israel and his white papal zucchetto. Artifacts from the Holocaust are also on display.

Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to write prayers and place them in a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. The prayers will be delivered and brought to the original Wall in Jerusalem.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 18

WHERE: Mellon Hall, Duquesne University campus

Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234
Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154/cell 412.736.1877

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