Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – October 23, 2015

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Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the US – Record numbers of Syrians, Iraqis and North Africans have been flooding into Europe, generating a massive humanitarian crisis. Bob Abernethy and Kim Lawton talk with Sean Callahan, Chief Operating Officer at Catholic Relief Services, about how faith-based groups are trying to help the refugees as well as what the US government can do to address the crisis.

Nostra Aetate 50th Anniversary – October 28, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the document adopted by the Second Vatican Council that addressed the Catholic Church’s relationship with other religions. The document paved the way for interfaith dialogue and repudiated centuries of anti-Jewish teachings. Kim Lawton looks at Nostra Aetate and its continuing impact, especially on Catholic-Jewish relations.

Re-creating a University – Around the country there is a growing demand for colleges and universities that cost less and do more to help graduates find jobs.  At Arizona State University, as Lucky Severson reports, President Michael Crow is overseeing the creation of a new kind of higher education.  It is on campus and online, at 15 new interdisciplinary schools.  It welcomes transfer students, helps everyone graduate and is affordable to low income families.



Donna Williams

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