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Tuesday, March 6, at Northwestern University Norris Center

Chicago, IL (February 22, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will make the welcoming remarks at the 17th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., at Northwestern University – Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston.

This year’s guest lecturer, John L. Allen, Jr., is a contributing Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN.  John Allen’s topic is “Insights on Trends in the Global Church and Why Jews Should Care.”

Sponsors of the lecture series are the Archdiocese of Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.  The 2012 Co-sponsors are the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies – Catholic Studies Minor, Fiedler Hillel and the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University.

Admission and parking for the event are free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register at or call 312-357-4770. 

The Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture series began in 1995, when Joseph Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture entitled "Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians" in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The annual lecture series continues this dialogue between Jews and Catholics on the theological issues affecting their relationship.

For more information about the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture call the Archdiocese’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at 312-534-5325.

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