Closing of the academic 2016-2017 at the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies in Madrid


José Maria Leite – Madrid, May 24 2017

Closing of the academic 2016-2017 at the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies in Madrid
 Yesterday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m., the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies in Madrid – Spain ( held a solemn session to conclude the academic year 2016-2017.

The center, the only official organ of the Spanish Catholic Church dedicated to relations with Judaism and the Jewish people, was founded by the Sisters of Sion in 1969 and was erected in 1972 by Archbishop Vicente Enrique y Tarancón, then Cardinal of Madrid, as a diocesan institution.

Since its foundation the center was coordinated and animated by the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, first by the sisters and now by the brothers.

The Centre provides several activities: weekly studies (in 2016-2017 the general theme was: “The Challenges of the Judeo-Christian Dialogue in the 21st Century”), Course of Hebrew, travel to Israel and to the Jewish sites of Spain, celebration of January 20 …

I would also like to highlight the six-monthly publication of El Olivo Magazine and the Quarterly Informative Circular.

Yesterday’s session was attended by countless students, members and friends of the Center and religious, academic and diplomatic authorities including Mr. Itzhak Erez Arzuan, Consul of Israel in Spain, Mr. Isaac Querub Caro, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain and Bishop Carlos Osoro Sierra, Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid.

The last two presided over the session.

The conference for the conclusion of the academic activities of the period 2016-2017 was held by Br. Elio Passeto and had as its theme “Theological consequences for Christians of the advancement of the teaching of the Church on Judaism. “

The solemn session ended with the award of diplomas to the students who concluded the course this year, followed by a friendly get-together.