Welcome Message from the Dean:
One of the most significant documents produced by the Second Vatican Council was Nostra Aetate, the Decree on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, which expressed the Catholic Church's positive regard for other faiths which often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all people, and in particular put Catholic-Jewish relations on a whole new footing, deploring anti-Semitism and emphasizing the 'common spiritual heritage' between Christians and Jews. 2015 sees the 50th anniversary of this great document, and The Catholic University of America and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops warmly invite you to an outstanding conference to mark the occasion. Three cardinals will deliver keynote addresses, Cardinal Dolan of New York and Cardinal Koch from the Vatican on Catholic-Jewish relations, and Cardinal Tauran from the Vatican on Catholic-Islamic relations; further distinguished speakers from CUA and elsewhere will consider the art of dialogue, the links between interreligious dialogue and ecumenism, what can be learnt from Asian religions, and prospects for the future; and Rev. Tom Stransky who was actually there, will reflect on the drafting of Nostra Aetate. Please join us for this landmark event!
Monsignor Paul McPartlan
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America
The 50th anniversary of the document Nostra Aetate, published by the Second Vatican Council, is an opportunity to bring together not only distinguished keynote speakers, but also local and national volunteers interested in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue with partners from Jewish, Muslim, and other religious traditions. Accordingly, as well as, offering a more general open program available to the public, the conference will include closed sessions in which Catholics and Muslims, and Catholics and Jews, respectively, will meet in official dialogue.