John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue
Build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues and action.
The Center was opened in 2010 after an agreement was reached between the Angelicum and the Russell Berrie Foundation, based on several years of close collaboration between two of the Angelicum faculty, Rev. Frederick M. Bliss, SM, then-director of the Ecumenical Section of the Theology Faculty, and Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, in New Jersey.
- The Russell Berrie Fellowship
Started in 2008, 50 full fellowships have been awarded to highly qualified individuals from around the globe to study at the Angelicum. The aim is for these students to become actively immersed in interfaith dialogue throughout their studies and become leaders in their communities after they graduate. Most Russell Berrie Fellows study within the Ecumenical section of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum. The student body consists of men and women (clergy, religious, and lay) from many nations, and includes Latin and Eastern Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Anglicans, Protestants, and occasionally, those from other faiths including Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists
- John Paul II Annual Lecture
The annual lecture features a world religious leader or renowned expert who embodies the ideals of interreligious understanding. The lecture is a major event at the Angelicum and attracts the Roman academic community as well as the international diplomatic community
- Israel Study Tour
During the ten day trip to Israel Fellows study at the Shalom Hartman Institute, renowned for its combination of rigorous Jewish scholarship, commitment to pluralism and interfaith dialogue, and visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and holy sites around Jerusalem. The programme includes experience at the sacred sites of all three religions who hold Jerusalem dear, and meetings with leaders from Abrahamic and other faiths. For most Fellows, this is an unprecedented opportunity to see in action within Israel the relationship between the three Abrahamic faiths
and put into practice, within a religious context
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Rome, Italy - Rome, Italy - Israel - Rome, Italy