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Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

Director Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ

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Cardinal Kurt Koch and Rabbi Abraham Skorka in the Aula Magna of the Gregorian January 16, 2014.
Central Atrium of the Gregorian, January 16, 2014. From right: Cardinal Kurt Koch, Rev. François-Xavier Dumortier, SJ, Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Rev. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ.
Gregorian, January 16, 2013. From left: Rabbi Roberto Della Rocca, Rabbi Benedetto Carucci Viterbi and Rev. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ during the Lecture "Jewish Thought in the face of the Holocaust."
Rev. François-Xavier Dumortier, SJ with Prof. Israel Yuval at the end of the Lecture "Did Rabbinic Judaism emerges out of Christianity?" October 23, 2013.
Il Sig. Hubert Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn e la moglie la Sig.ra Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn con la Dott.ssa Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Direttore del Centro per gli Studi del Cristianesimo dell'Università Ebraica di Gerusalemme durante la conferenza del Prof. Zakovitch. In seconda fila il Sig. Timothy Andrew Fischer ex-Ambasciatore d'Australia presso la S. Sede.
La Prof.ssa Anna Foa della Sapienza Università di Roma durante la sua conferenza Il mondo ebraico oggi: realtà, immagine, identità tenuta presso il Centro Cardinal Bea il 26 ottobre, 2011.
From right: Fr. François-Xavier Dumortier, SJ, Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University - Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth - Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ, Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

The Cardinal Bea Centre of the Gregorian University - taking its name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal architect of the very declaration Nostra Aetate - is dedicated to the promotion of a theological knowledge and understanding of Judaism - from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective - as well as the teaching, research and academic exchanges between Christians and Jews, in order to foster a mutually enriching relationship.

Notice Board of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies


16th Annual Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture

“Daniel’s Throne” and its Earliest Jewish and Christian Readings

Prof. Michael Segal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Wednesday, 9 november, 2016 - 6:00pm - Lecture Theatre C008

The event is open to all and free.



Pope Francis at the Synagogue of Rome, Sunday, January 17, 2016:

“In fact, the theological dimension of Jewish-Catholic dialogue deserves to be more thorough, and I wish to encourage all those involved in this dialogue to continue in this direction, with discernment and perseverance. From a theological point of view, it is clear there is an inseparable bond between Christians and Jews.”


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In Memory and Celebration: 50 Year with Nostra Aetate

"Nostra Aetate Gone Global"

6 April, 2016

Rabbi Yossy Goldman - Mrs. Elina Kearns - Rev. Simon Donnelly

The Impact of Nostra Aetate in South Africa


17 March, 2016

Chief Rabbi Dr. Róbert Frölich – Dr. András Fejérdy

The Impact of Nostra Aetate in Hungary


Characteristics and goals of the Centre:

 proposes courses and seminars on a deeper study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations to train specialists of Jewish studies as well as students who desire to deepen their knowledge of Judaism coming from various faculties and institutions of the Gregorian University, e. g. the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Philosophy.

 contributes to the research on Jewish Studies, in particular to the development of a Christian theology of not only the “Old Testament”, but of Judaism and the Jewish people, using the resources of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
In particular, thanks to the SIDIC Collection (Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne, founded in 1965 and donated to the Gregorian University by the Sisters of Sion in 2002), the Library of the Gregorian today has at its disposal a heritage in the field of Jewish-Christian relations which is considered one of the most important in the world.

 engages in international academic exchanges of professors and students with institutions in various countries, in particular with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other institutions of higher learning in Israel, in the United States and Europe.

 organizes lectures and conferences, meetings with the Jewish Community in Rome and Italy, international events for specialists, students and the wider public in order to foster the growth of knowledge concerning Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations, help overcome prejudices and constitute a platform for dialogue and interaction.

2-year Postgraduate Diploma and 1-year Diploma

Students enrolled in the Centre as studenti ordinari (fully registered) can earn a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma (120 ECTS) and a 1-year Diploma (60 ECTS).