During this 10th Anniversary year, the John Paul II Center sponsored three celebratory events; one at the Harvard Divinity School in Boston, Massachusetts, one at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and an international conference at the Angelicum in Rome. 


Education for Action: The Urgency of Interreligious Leadership for the Global Good - May 7, 2019

Conference participants arriving

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Marketplace of Ideas Fair

Fr. Stipe Juric, O.P.

Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Angelicum

Interactive Panel and Discussion on Interreligious Dialogue

Russell Berrie Alumnus at the Panel Discussion

Joyce Dubensky

CEO, Tanenbaum

Panelists

Panelists

Conference attendees at Panel Discussion

Conference attendees at Panel Discussion

Conference attendees at Panel Discussion

Fr. Michal Paluch, O.P.

Rector, Angelicum

10th Anniversary Celebratory Event

Angelica Berrie, Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Taras Dzyubanskyy

Angelica Berrie

President, Russell Berrie Foundation

John Paul II Center

Academic Leadership

Taras Dzyubanskyy

Alumni Coordinator, John Paul II Center

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Speaker: Fr. John Bakeni, Nigeria

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Speaker: Paola Bernardini, USA and Italy

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Speaker: Elena Dini, Italy

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Speaker: Taras Dzyubanskyy, Ukraine

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Poster Session

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Val Brillo, Philippines

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Allyson Zacharoff, USA

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Sr. Purobi Pascalina Chiran, Bangladesh

Showcase of Berrie Alumni Leaders

Samantha Lin, USA and Canada

Event Media Coverage

• Conference in Rome Marks 10th Anniversary of John Paul II Center - The Russell Berrie Foundation

• John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue celebrates 10 years - Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas

Education for Action: the urgency of interreligious leadership for global good - Notre Dame de Sion

MasterPeace Global: Interreligious Dialogue in Rome - MasterPeace

• Global Perspectives Professor to Deliver Talk at Conference in Rome - Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana

• Un dialogo tra credenti targato Giovanni Paolo II - Terrasanta.net

Молоді католики готові будувати мости між релігіями - Vatican News, Ukraine

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Рабин Джек Бемпорад: Що, як не релігія, буде сумлінням суспільства? - Vatican News, Ukraine

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John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue - 10th Anniversary Video


Musical performance of Tamar Applebaum and Kehilat Zion.

Russell Berrie Fellows and Alumni with Program Leadership

John Paul II Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Jerusalem

On January, 31st 2019, a memorable event took place at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. It was part of a year-long celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, a partnership between the Russell Berrie Foundation and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome. More than 50 religious leaders, practitioners, scholars and students, representing a rich tapestry of faiths and perspectives, gathered to reaffirm their commitment to interfaith bridge-building.

During the event leaders and participants reflected on the work of John Paul II Center and its flagship program, the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies. Russell Berrie fellows and alumni continue to have an impact on the field of interreligious dialogue itself — publishing articles, organizing conferences, different projects and otherwise shaping this important field.

It was particularly meaningful to mark the John Paul II Center’s first decade with a gathering in Jerusalem, a holy city to so many faiths and a place that the fellows visit each year as part of their Israel Academic Seminar. The Israel seminar is repeatedly cited by alumni as a highlight of their Fellowship experience. Click here to see a video that captures Fellows’ impressions.

The highlight of the celebration was a moving musical performance of Tamar Applebaum and Kehilat Zion, a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who performed musical prayers of peace for the Holy City.


Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace

Guy Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Oxford University

The John Paul II Center Co-Sponsors Event at Harvard Divinity School

On September 26 and 27, 2018, the John Paul II Center co-sponsored a major international interreligous conference entitled: “The Abrahamic Religions: Between Scholarship and Practice” at the Harvard Divinity School with the Harvard Center for the Study of the World Religions. As part of this conference, the John Paul II Center co-sponsored two major public events specified below.

During the first day lectures explored the Comparative Study of the Abrahamic Religions: Heuristic Gains and Cognitive Pitfalls.

To watch the video of the lecture, please click here.

On the second day, a panel discussion took place about the public practice of the Abrahamic Religions.

For the recording of the session, please click here.