ACU hosts 50th anniversary commemoration of Nostra Aetate

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015

The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and Chief Minister of the Great Synagogue Sydney, Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton will be keynote speakers at an all day and evening event to mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II's ground-breaking Nostra Aetate - "in our time" - and to discuss the past, present and future of the Christian-Jewish relationship.

On 28 October, exactly half a century after the Second Vatican Council handed down the Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to non-Christian Religions, known as Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, the Executive Council of Jewry, the NSW Board of Deputies, the Australian Catholic University and the Sydney Jewish Museum will host this landmark event which will be held at the Great Synagogue on Castlereagh Street.

Catholic theologians, Jewish scholars, Jewish and Christian university and senior school students together with members of university faculties, staff from schools across the city, as well as members of other denominations and other faiths will be among attendees at this important symposium.

In addition to the two outstanding keynote speakers who will deliver their addresses at the evening session which will begin at 7 pm, there will also be presentations by leading national and international Jewish and Christian academics throughout the day. They will offer new insights and enlarge on what has happened in the past and the challenges faced by these two Abrahamic religions both now and into the future.