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Nov. 10, 2000


Cardinal Edward Cassidy to Speak on Ecumenical Dialogue


Cardinal Edward Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will present a lecture entitled “Ecumenical Dialogue: Recent Acquisitions and Ongoing Questions,” on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m. in Caldwell Hall lounge at The Catholic University of America.

Sponsored by Catholic University’s School of Religious Studies and the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue, the interactive presentation will comprise a lecture and discussion of recent developments in Roman Catholic ecumenical and interreligious initiatives and results. The event is free and open to all members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Cardinal Cassidy is a longtime member of the Vatican’s Diplomatic Corps and also is the president of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. A native of Australia, the cardinal is an expert in the theology of world religions.

The ecumenical movement, which seeks to promote dialogue to discern spiritual values and foster unity among members of various faiths, has been a priority for the Catholic Church in recent decades.

“Cardinal Cassidy is an important actor in high-level ecumenical discussions,” said Charles B. Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Religious Education and executive director of the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. “We are honored to welcome His Eminence to Catholic University to address this important and timely topic.”

CUA’s Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue was established in 1999 as a forum for interreligious activities and initiatives. The institute provides an avenue for members of the Roman Catholic Church and other faith communities to hold conferences and symposia that facilitate cooperation and understanding among diverse faiths.

Media wishing to cover this event must contact Tricia Conaty at 202-319-6974.





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