The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal cordially invites students, clergy, ministers, pastoral personnel, and the general public to the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference from October 27th to November 1st in Montreal.
Proclaimed on October 28, 1965, the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate transformed the relations between Roman Catholic Church and non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this ground-breaking document, the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference presents a series of three public events.
On Tuesday October 27, Prof. Jean Duhaime (Université de Montréal) and Armand Abécassis (Université Michel-de-Montaigne, Bordeaux), will describe Nostra Aetate as a turning point and will explore the impact of this declaration on the relations between the Catholic Church and Judaism. In French, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library (5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd. Admission 10 $; BPJ members 7 $; free for students with valid ID. Registration required at the JPL 514-345-6416.)
On Thursday October 29, Prof. Patricia Kirkpatrick (McGill University) and Rabbi Schachar Orenstein (Spanish [&] Portugese Synagogue) will discuss Christian and Jewish initiatives in the echoes of Nostra Aetate. In English, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Birks Chapel of McGill University (Birks Building, 3520 University St. Free admission; reservation required on Eventbrite).
On Sunday November 1, Ms. Myriam Azogui-Halbwax, Dr. Adriana Bara, Ms. Taylor Baruchel and Prof. Bruno Demers will debate future challenges to the relations between Christians and Jews, particularly those underscored in the Twelve Points of Berlin adopted in 2009 by the International Council of Christians and Jews. A discussion in small groups and a plenary session will follow. Bilingual (French / English), 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Seminary of Montreal (2065 Sherbrooke St.W. Free admission; reservation required on Eventbrite).
The Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference is sponsored by Christian and Jewish organizations participating in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of Montreal and has received special support from the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church in Montreal, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA-Quebec), the Congregation of Holy Cross (Canadian Province), the Grand Seminary of Montreal, the Jewish public Library, McGill University (Faculty of Religious Studies).
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