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50th Anniversary of ôNostra Aetateö Commemorated at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - November 20, 2015

Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Rabbi Michael Cook of Hebrew Union College will address Vatican II document that opened relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Non-Christian Religions.

The Jewish Community Relations Council – a standing committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans ― and the Archdiocese of New Orleans commemorate on Monday the 50th anniversary of “Nostra aetate,” a formal declaration by the Vatican that opened relations between the Roman Catholic Church and non-Christian religions.

Together, they will host an evening panel at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 in Nunemaker Hall in the newly renovated Monroe Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event will begin with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations and discussion of this important document, said to have transformed Catholic-Jewish relations. Free parking is available in the University’s West Road garage. More about the event is posted on a new website: Breaking Bread NOLA.

Keynote speakers are Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, the 14th Catholic archbishop of New Orleans, and Rabbi Michael Cook, Ph.D., who holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Chair in Judeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion. Loyola University New Orleans President Fr. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., will provide words of welcome.

Guests will learn about Nostra Aetate and celebrate the relationship cultivated between the Jewish and Catholic faiths during the past half century and look towards the growth of their collaborative efforts.

New Orleans’ own Scott Walker will emcee.

Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council statement on interreligious relations, was designed to build bridges and encourage an acceptance of differences between faiths. The “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” was among the last documents released during the Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965.

“The Federation and the Archdiocese are expecting this event will be the beginning of a series of events and activities bringing Jews and Catholics together in New Orleans,” said Professor Naomi Yavneh, director of University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans.

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