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December 1, 2010:

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” Robert Frost wrote a century ago. The reality of that poetic statement is never more evident than on the sides of the Wall—the Security Fence according to Israelis or the Apartheid Wall according to Palestinians—that separates Israel from the West Bank. To drive up the toll road from Tel Aviv to Hadara, the twenty-four foot high enclosure resembles the sound barriers built along our interstates. But cross into the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the Wall is filled with graffiti, demanding its demolition.

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November 9, 2010:
Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago, delivers the 2010 Sankofa Lecture, "The Road to Sainthood": Fr. Augustus Tolton.
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May 1, 2011:

On Sunday, May 1, Pope John Paul II was beatified before hundreds of thousands in Saint Peter’s Square. On the same day Navy Seal commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Two world famous men; two remarkably different lives.

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Presenting his lecture for the 10th annual Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D. lecture on mission and culture, Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S., Vatican II Professor of Theology at Catholic Theological Union focuses upon the peculiar intersection of Missiology. His attention here is directed toward intercultural interaction, inter-religious dialogue, and Missiology; both as an academic discipline and action of the church.

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March 2, 2011:

This lecture argues that the agenda for the theological enterprise within the Caribbean region is being articulated in a singular fashion in the region's popular music. Taking a Jamaican-Caribbean slant, it explores theological issues arising from the music of often-times controversial Jamaican reggae artiste Tanya Stephens. It revisits concern, as articulated by Caribbean theologians such as Ashley Smith, with the nature and meaning of theology in the region.

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August 29, 2010:

In March 2008 a cover story of Christian-Muslim conflicts in Nigeria appeared in the Atlantic. The title was "Which Religion Will Win?" In many ways this is the question that has for centuries been driving the engine of the darker side of Christian-Muslim relations. In this presentation, Professor Scott Alexander will examine the nature of this "Triumphalism" in Chrisitian-Muslim relations. Is Christian-Muslim competition essentially a struggle for ultimate supremacy, or do these traditions hold deep within them an alternative paradigm for interreligious competition?

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December 5, 2010:

Matthew's Gospel begins with the genealogy of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and the reader knows, the foster father of Jesus. Why mention Joseph's lineage at all if Jesus is not his biological son? As the evangelist goes on to demonstrate, Joseph is very much a main character in his infancy narrative. In this day when hypenations bescribe family relationships, step-, foster-, and half-, often do more to seperate us than connect us.

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February 27, 2011:

Most Reverend John Dennis Corriveau, O.F.M., CAP. joins the Sundays at CTU community for Franciscan Spirituality: Contributions of the Franciscans to the Life of the Church.

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October 1, 2010:

Dawn Nothwehr, O.S.F.'s Vesper Service for the Promotion to the Rank of Professorship

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February 1, 2011:
I met Pedro and Juanita soon after I arrived at my new assignment as pastor of their parish. Like many (if not most) of the Mexican people who made up the growing majority of the parish, these two people were undocumented. They were unable to get driver’s licenses, or government help, or an income tax return, even though they were both working at factories and money was being taken out of their check each week. They also had a daughter who was a United States citizen. We were talking about the need for a change in our government’s immigration laws so that good, law-abiding people like Juanita and Pedro would not have to live in the shadows or keep looking over their shoulder every time they left home. And I’ll never forget what they told me at the end of our conversation, trying to calm my fears for them: “Don’t worry, Father, if nothing happens, we can just wait until our daughter turns twenty-one and then she can fix our papers.” Their daughter was three!

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