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Free Lecture to Explore the Church, the Holy Spirit and Vatican II

Author and visiting international speaker Monsignor Paul McPartlan will explore the significance of the Second Vatican Council and its idea of the church as an evangelizing communion at Duquesne University's annual Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

McPartlan, a professor of systematic theology and ecumenism at The Catholic University of America, will present An Evangelizing Communion: The Church, the Holy Spirit, and Vatican II.

According to the Rev. Radu Bordeianu, associate professor of theology at Duquesne and director of the Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium, there is a great need to realize the ideal of the Church as communion. "In these times of political, social, economic and religious unrest, the world needs the peace and reconciliation that Christ gives through the Church," Bordeianu explained.

During his presentation, McPartlan will illustrate how the Church's attention to the communion among its own members and its mission to proclaim the good news of the reconciliation and peace that Christ gives to the world both originate in the Holy Spirit, said Bordeianu. "These inward and outward tendencies complement each other, originating from the same Spirit," he said.

McPartlan is a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as well as in international dialogues with the Orthodox, Methodist and Anglican churches. He also has authored several books and articles on ecclesiology and ecumenism.

The Holy Spirit Lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. To register, visit www.duq.edu/holyspirit or email holyspirit@duq.edu.

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