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Symposium Celebrates the Power of the Christian Church as a Light for the World

The Second Vatican Council published Lumen Gentium, a document referring to the Christian church as a light for the world and the source of salvation, nearly 50 years ago. The participation of Catholic Bishops from all over the world in the Second Vatican Council was the first realization of the Christian church as the World church.

To capture and honor this historical moment, a free intercontinental symposium, Celebrating the Power of Lumen Gentium, will be held on the Duquesne University campus from Tuesday, Sept. 16, to Thursday, Sept. 18.

The symposium will bring together scholars from across the United States and from countries such as Ghana, India, St. Lucia and Chile, to share the global concerns and insights of churches from around the world, said the Rev. Elochukwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp., Duquesne's Fr. Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair in Mission.

"Keynote speakers, women and men, Catholics and Protestants, laypeople and members of the clergy will address issues and concerns about a Church, which in the Lumen Gentium Dogmatic Constitution of the Church describes as being in Christ-like sacrament of a very closely-knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race," explained Uzukwu. This three-day event will feature a series of presentations ranging in topics from A Perspective of the Asian Features and Lineaments of the Emergent World Church to A Church to Move the Humanization of Africa: A Personal Yearning. A noon Eucharistic celebration in the University Chapel of the Holy Spirit will close the session.

The symposium, sponsored by the Fr. Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair in Mission, Spiritan Campus Ministry, Duquesne's Center for African Studies and its theology department, is open to the public.

For more information, contact the theology department at 412.396.6530.

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