Under the direction of the Director of the Interfaith Commission, presentations and other opportunities help to educate the faithful in the ecumenical directives and theology of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church has a rich relationship with other Christian Churches (ecumenical) and other religions (interfaith). This posture began with the Second Vatican Council in 1965. The Catholic Church professes its belief in Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior; but also realizes that faith is something a person must freely embrace and that many human beings have already embraced a faith in which they find meaning for their lives. God has made all of us and is in dialogue with every human being to bring them to awareness of his Divine presence and invite them to share eternity. Catholics are to witness to the message of the Gospel and invite others share in it, while as Catholics, they appreciate the spiritual heritage, rituals, and moral directives found in other religions.
The following activities are regularly sponsored by the Interfaith Office of the Diocese of Cleveland and all our welcome to participate in them.
October 21, 7:30 pm
“Overcoming Hate with Compassion and Education"
Most Holocaust history focuses on countries with strong anti-Semitic sentiment prior to WWII that enabled the destruction of their Jewish people. Much of that destruction was actually carried out by the local populations, not just the Nazis. Yet, exhibiting compassion and humanity, Italians saved most of their Jews despite pressure to comply with the Nazi plan, supported by Mussolini, to annihilate them. How did Italians rise above the atmosphere of hate?
Please join Colloquium sponsors the Anti-Defamation League, the Diocese of Cleveland Interfaith Commission and St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology for a stimulating and enlightening presentation and discussion: “Righteous Italian Gentiles —the story of thousands of Jews saved by Italian civilians and armed forces members during World War II,” presented by Dr. Maria Lombardo.
November 1, 2021
"After the Deluge: What will it Mean to be Church in Post-pandemic times?"
Each year, Notre Dame College celebrates its collaboration with Byzantine Catholic, Orthodox and Roman Catholic eparchies and dioceses in sponsoring the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, which is free and open to the public.
This year, Bishop John Michael Botean, bishop of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton, Ohio, addresses “After the Deluge: What It Will Mean to Be Church in Post-pandemic Times” in a video presentation.
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