On Tuesday, 2 March, Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, gave a talk to the Muslim and Christian students concerning the current developments of the dialogues between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Churches and of the dialogues between the Catholic Church and the Churches of the Reformation and Neo-Pentecostal Churches.
As the President of the Pontificial Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Koch also gave insights into this very important dialogue.
After his lecture, Cardinal Koch spent a full hour in open discussion with the students. For many years Cardinal Koch has been a long-standing friend and supporter of the Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem, as was his predecessor Walter Cardinal Kasper.
Both the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Theologisches Studienjahr Jerusalem consider ecumenism a mission. At the conclusion of his discussion, Cardinal Koch and the students promised to encourage and support one another in their future ecumenical pursuits.