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Dr Ed Kessler lays foundation stone for Woolf Institute’s New Home

23 May 2016

foundation stone

On Tuesday 17th May, Ed Kessler took part in the ceremony with Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Lord Woolf, Dr Atif Imitaz, Academic Director of the Cambridge Muslim College and Revd Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College. Dr Kessler, Founder Director of The Woolf Institute welcomed guests from as far away as Argentina, Israel and the United States. He said that the ceremony was taking place at the end of a remarkable meeting between Catholic and Jewish theologians hosted by the Woolf Institute, co-chaired with Cardinal Koch.  This meeting, which considered the future agenda of Catholic-Jewish relations, epitomised his hopes for the new building.  “To be a realist”, he said, “you need to believe in miracles.  This building is a miracle.  So is the miraculous change in Jewish-Christian relations which has become a new reality and points one way forward for other encounters”.  For his part, the Cardinal who co-celebrated mass at St Edmunds College earlier the same day with the Dean, congratulated everybody associated the new building and talked of the urgency of the interfaith and ecumenical endeavour.

Dr Atif Imtiaz and Dr Edward Kessler

A cordial message was published in The Tablet.

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