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The 2012 Archbishop Denis Hurley Lecture took place at Glenmore Pastoral Centre on November 16th. The Lecture was well attended and the Denis Hurley Hall was full to capacity. A supper was served and then all proceeded to the Hall for the lecture “The Challenge of Inter-Faith Relations 50 years after Vatican II”.
Mr. Paddy Kearney set the tone by explaining the significance of Vatican II and Catholic Social Teaching. Ms. Ela Gandhi, International Vice-President of the World Council of Religions for Peace, spoke of her reflections of Archbishop Hurley and the impact of Vatican II on inter-faith relations. Finally Rev. Simangaliso Kumalo spoke of the challenges of the present in the light of Vatican II and the urgency of the Church to heed the signs of the times. Rev. Kumalo is Director of the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research, UKZN.
A lively discussion followed the presentations and the evening concluded with a prayer and a blessing from Bishop Barry Wood OMI, the Chairperson for the evening.