Muslim and Catholic Interfaith Solidarity

Le Moyne College will host a talk by Tamara Sonn on Muslim and Catholic Interfaith Solidarity on Monday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. The talk will take place in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall.

In 1964 the Vatican set up a Secretariat for Non-Christians, later renamed the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to be a resource for the Vatican, to engage in dialogues with people of other faiths, and to encourage similar dialogue at the local level throughout the world. In 1965 the Church issued Nostra aetate, for the first time addressing religious plurality from a positive perspective. Guidelines for respectful and open dialogue developed gradually, but left unanswered were the questions of evangelization and conversion. Evangelization - the effort to spread the "good news" of Jesus as the Messiah and Savior - is an essential part of the Church's mission. And conversion is the goal of evangelization. But in the years since the declaration of Nostra aetate, there have been significant developments in our understanding of both evangelization and conversion.

This lecture will survey developments in the Church's understanding of evangelization and conversion, covering the controversies surrounding Liberation Theology. It will conclude with the insights of long-time Vatican official - currently Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and delegate to the Arab League -- Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald and John Borelli, formerly with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and currently Special Assistant to the President (of Georgetown University) for Interreligious Initiatives - both of whom have focused on Muslim-Catholic dialogue.

Sonn is the Kenan Professor of Religion and Humanities at the College of William and Mary. She holds a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago. Soon is the author of "A Brief History of Islam."

Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center for Peace and Global Studies at 445-4294.

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