Milestones and Stumbling Stones in the Current Dialogue
between Jews, Christians and Muslims

20th Anniversary of Tertio

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Christian magazine Tertio, in cooperation with The Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) and UCSIA, puts the trialogue in the spotlight. What are the most recent steps taken in the dialogue between Christians/Catholics and Jews or Muslims? What are the breakthroughs of the latest documents in the dialogue? What are the remaining questions and topics in the dialogue which should be handled now in order to proceed in the dialogue? How can the different religious communities act together against Antisemitism and Islamophobia? During this colloquium, experts Felix Körner sj and Etienne Vetö will discuss these questions with representatives of the three different faiths.

The main language of the colloquium is English. The Dutch translation of the lectures will be made available through the conference folders and this web page.

On the keynote lecturers:

Etienne Vetö (1964) was born in Milwaukee in the United States, but his roots are in Hungary and France. He has a dual citizenship: American and French. In 1987 he joined the new religious movement Chemin Neuf. Vetö studied philosophy in Paris and then taught philosophy in Congo and at the Centre Sèvres in Paris. He studied theology in Rome and Berlin, and also obtained a doctorate in Paris in 2009. He was ordained a priest in 1997. From 2001 to 2014, he was responsible for the formation and was lecturer in philosophy for seminarians at Chemin Neuf. Since 2014 he has been affiliated with the Gregoriana in Rome where his teaching, publications and research focus on Trinity, theological anthropology, ecumenism and Judeo-Christian relations. He is also director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies.

Felix Körner sj (1963) was born in Offenbach am Main, which has the highest percentage of inhabitants with a migration background in Germany and is considered as a model of integration. In 1985 he joined the Jesuits, studied philosophy in Munich and theology in London, Freiburg and Bamberg where he also specialized in Islam. He was ordained a priest in 1995. After his doctoral dissertations in Islamic Studies and Dogmatic Theology, since 2009 teaching assignments followed in Ankara, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Berlin and Rome, although he is mainly associated with the Gregoriana.

Safety precautions

  • The number of seats in the F. de Tassiszaal is limited to 35.
  • Keep your distance (1.5 m).
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory.
  • Only those who wish to physically attend the colloquium need to register via the registration form at the bottom of this page. Registration per bubble is not possible.
  • The colloquium will be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of Tertio, IJS and UCSIA and the YouTube channel of UCSIA.

Date & Time

28 October 2020
3.00 – 6.30 p.m. UTC+2
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University of Antwerp – Hof van Liere
F. de Tassiszaal
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

+ livestreaming


Only for those who wish to participate in Antwerp (max. 35 people).
Free entrance.
Please register online before 21 October 2020.


2.30 p.m.


3.00 p.m.

Welcome by Stijn Latré, director of UCSIA
Introduction by Emmanuel Van Lierde, chief editor of Tertio

3.10 p.m.

The Judeo-Christian Dialogue Today

Etienne Vetö, Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

3.45 p.m.

Video response by rabbi David Meyer, Pontifical Gregorian University

4.00 p.m.


4.15 p.m.

The Dialogue between Christians and Muslims Today

Felix Körner sj, Pontifical Gregorian University

5.00 p.m.

Response by imam Khalid Benhaddou, El Fath Mosque Ghent

5.15 p.m.

The dialogue with Jews and Muslims in Antwerp (Dutch)

Mgr. Johan Bonny, bishop of Antwerp

6.00 p.m.

Moderator: Emmanuel Van Lierde

6.30 p.m.


Keynote Speakers

Etienne Vetö

Etienne Vetö

Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

David Meyer

David Meyer

Pontifical Gregorian University

Felix Körner sj

Felix Körner sj

Pontifical Gregorian University

Khalid Benhaddou

Khalid Benhaddou

El Fath Mosque Ghent

Mgr. Johan Bonny

Mgr. Johan Bonny

Bishop of Antwerp



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Institute of Jewish Studies

interdisciplinary research centre for the scientific study of Judaism



University of Antwerp
City Campus – Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen

University of Antwerp - Hof van Liere


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To reach conference room de Tassis, enter the buildings of the city campus through the main entrance in the Prinsstraat 13. Then cross the small inner court. In the passage to the inner garden, enter the door on your left and climb the stairs. You will find the room on the second floor.

People who have difficulty walking, can take the elevator. In the passage to the garden, you take the door on your right. The elevator is situated a bit further down the corridor on your right. 

Would you like to attend?

Free entrance, but registration is mandatory, if you wish to participate in Antwerp.

Please register below before 21 October 2020. Registration will close early when we reach the maximum capacity.

The number of available places at the location is limited to 35 seats. The symposium will also be broadcast by livestream.

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