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Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange

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Our Mission

​Since its founding in 1917, Providence College has actively promoted Catholic and Jewish engagement. Building on this history, the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange (JCTE) commi​ttee w​as establ​ished by the Theology Department in 2007 and has ​continued to extend opportunities for Jews and Christians to pursue “mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies, as​ well as of fraternal dialogues” (Nostra Aetate 4). Reflecting on the common spiritual heritage as well as the unique identities of Jews and Christians, our mission is to foster interreligious learning, understanding, and friendship. The JCTE hosts major lectur​es, colloquia, and other initiatives on the Provide​nce College campus. These events provide a welcoming forum where members of the college join the broader Rhode Island community, to engage with local relig​ious leaders and nationally recognized experts to discuss themes of mutual theological interest. In continuity with Providence College’s long-standing tradition, the JCTE promotes interreligious understanding and dialogue in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate).​​​Read More >>>

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Recent Events

October 24, 2019

Reflections on Oberammergau: The World’s Most Famous Passion Play

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April 9, 2019

The Next Steps in Catholic Jewish Relations: Two Perspectives

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, friend and dialogue partner of Pope Francis
Philip Cunningham, Director of the Institute for Catholic-Jewish Relations at Saint Joseph’s University

November 4, 2018

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: The Continuing Controversy

David Kertzer, Brown University

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