Archbishop Fisher to commemorate 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

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Pope Francis blesses a Philadelphia sculpture which commemorates the 50th anniversary of "Nostra Aetate", the Second Vatican Council Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
Pope Francis blesses a Philadelphia sculpture which commemorates the 50th anniversary of “Nostra Aetate”, the Second Vatican Council Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, will next week join Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton, chief minister of the Great Synagogue, in giving the keynote address at Nostra Aetate: The Past, Present and Future of the Jewish Christian Relationship.

The event will mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the formal document which addresses the Church’s relationship with non-Christian religions, speaks of the bond between Christians and Jews, and clarifies that Jews cannot be blame for Jesus’ death.

It will be held at the Great Synagogue, Sydney, on 28 October.

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Program

11am  Introduction and Welcome to The Great Synagogue
Justice Stephen Rothman AM, President of The Great Synagogue, Sydney
Justice Francois Kunc KCHS EOHSJ
11.15am-1.15pm Session One – Prelude to Nostra Aetate
Introduction to Session – Professor Gus Lehrer, President of the Sydney Jewish Museum
11.15am Dr Julie Kalman – Jewish-Christian relations before Nostra Aetate – up to WWII
11.45am Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer – The Evolution of Nostra Aetate
12.15pm Dr Judith Banki – A Personal Reflection
Q&A
2.15pm-4.15pm Session Two – Nostra Aetate in Action
Introduction to Session – Dr Michael Casey, Senior Advisor, Church Policy, Australian Catholic University
2.15pm Dr Avril Alba – Jewish-Catholic Relations over the last 50 Years
2.45pm Dr Dermot Nestor – Nostra Aetate and engagement with the Old Testament
3.15pm Dr Edmund Chia – Nostra Aetate and the other faiths
Q&A
7pm-9pm Evening Session – Nostra Aetate Future Vision
Introduction of keynote speakers – Professor Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor of Australian Catholic University
Arcvhbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney
Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton, Chief Minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney
Jews, Christians and others together: Hopes and Expectations
Q&A
Closing remarks – Jeremy Spinak, President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies