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April 8, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.—A dialogue on Jewish-Catholic relations throughout the centuries will be presented by Fr. Bernard McGarty and Rabbi Simcha Prombaum on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Discussion will include the Holocaust and the landmark turnaround in relations that coincided with Vatican II.

This free presentation, "Judaism and Catholicism:  A New Beginning," which will be held in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, will be moderated by Gregory Wegener, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

McGarty has earned a doctorate in theology and is a visiting professor in ecumenical studies at Viterbo.  Prombaum, who is rabbi and cantor of the Sons of Abraham Synagogue, currently teaches Hebrew at UW-L.

"People who have been shocked by the Holocaust and are aware of the history of anti-Semitism will be especially interested in this presentation," said McGarty.  "There has been a remarkable and positive change in Jewish-Catholic relations in recent years," he added.

Reservations are not required for this talk, which is free and open to the public.

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