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International Catholic Inter-faith Conference in London

03/11/2005

The rise of Islam and the changing face of Europe will be one of the themes explored in a major Catholic international inter-faith conference in London.

The two-day conference, Dialogue Today and Tomorrow, is being jointly sponsored by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Centre for Christianity and Inter-religious Dialogue at Heythrop College, the University of London.

The first day is being held at Heythrop College, Kensington Square, W8, on Wednesday November 9th and the second day at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1, on Thursday November 10th. The event marks the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking Vatican II document.

Speakers include Father David Neuhaus SJ, Professor of Scripture at the Catholic Seminary of the Holy Land and the University of Bethlehem; Father Christian Troll SJ, Professor of Islamic Studies and Interfaith at the University of Frankfurt; Father Tom Stransky of the Tantur Institute in Jerusalem; and Father Jacques Scheuer SJ, Professor of History of Religions at the Catholic University of Louvain-La Neuve.

Dr Jean-Marie Gaudeul M.afr., the Interfaith Adviser to the French Bishops' Conference, will deliver the keynote address: The Changing Face of Europe ñ Challenge or Opportunity?

The conference is being chaired by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who chairs the Catholic Bishops' Conference Committees for Other Faiths and Catholic-Jewish relations.

Following this conference, the Centre for Christianity and Inter-religious Dialogue at Heythrop will be holding three evening talks (November 16, 23 and 30) on Nostra Aetate and Anglicans, Jews and Muslims.

For further information please contact Katharina Smith-Müller at the Committee for Other Faiths on 020 7901-4853 or e-mail: Katharina.Smith-Muller@cbcew.org.uk