BISMARCK, ND — A scholarly lecture on a Catholic campus will provide an interfaith perspective of St. John Paul II, whose first official feast day the Catholic world observed a week ago.

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Reconciliation with Jews a hallmark of John Paul’s papacy (Catholic News Service)[/quote_box_right]Dr. Harold Kasimow’s free, public lecture, “St. John Paul II, Champion of Dialogue and Peace: A Jewish Perspective,” is at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the University of Mary’s Gary Tharaldson School of Business. Kasimow is a Jewish scholar, Poland native and Holocaust survivor whose works on interfaith dialogue have been published in six countries including the U.S.

“Dr. Kasimow is one of the key figures in interfaith dialogue today,” said Dr. Peter Huff, incoming director of campus ministry. His department is sponsoring the university’s “Grounds for Belief” speaker series.

Huff, who is also professor of theology at the University of Mary, called Kasimow “America’s foremost Jewish interpreter of papal contributions to interfaith relations and a model of spiritual integrity for believers in all religions.”

Kasimow studied with the legendary Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and earned degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Temple University. He is the George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Kasimow wrote and edited many books including “John Paul II and Interreligious Dialogue,” “Beside Still Waters,” and “The Search Will Make You Free: A Jewish Dialogue with World Religions.” His works on interfaith dialogue have been published in the United States, Poland, England, India, China, and Japan.

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