Religious Thinker Known as "the Pope's Rabbi" to Speak at Saint Leo

October 20, 2016

A religious leader known in America for his friendship with Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will visit University Campus, Tuesday, November 1. He will speak about building bridges between people of different faiths. Rabbi Skorka’s appearance is sponsored by the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, which promotes respect among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will.

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The general lay public is most likely to be interested in two talks scheduled with Rabbi Skorka on that date. There is no charge for admission to either.

  • At 12:30 p.m., he will speak on “My Interreligious Journey with Pope Francis” in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Skorka became a friend of the future Pope Francis in the mid-1990s when the two men struck up a conversation about soccer teams. At that juncture, they both lived and served their respective religious communities in Buenos Aires. Many deep and thoughtful conversations that followed over the years were reflected in an interview for a 60 Minutes special in 2014 and a popular book published in America in 2015, On Heaven and Earth. The rabbi met with Pope Francis in Philadelphia during the Pope’s 2015 visit to America, and he is often affectionately referred to as “the Pope’s rabbi.”
  • At 6:30 p.m., the rabbi will speak about “Why Interreligious Dialogue Matters,” at the Saint Leo Abbey Church, at the west end of the Saint Leo campus.

The rabbi’s afternoon will be spent in forums scheduled with interreligious officers from various Florida Catholic dioceses and others interested in congregational life. Throughout the day, discussions will consider interreligious relations both internationally and in Florida. The full schedule is posted here. /academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences/center-for-catholic-jewish-studies/rabbi-abraham-skorka-to-visit-saint-leo-university-on-november-1st.aspx.

Though there is no charge to attend, guests who wish to reserve a spot or who need accommodations in parking or seating may contact Jennifer “Megan” Orendorf at (352) 588-8401. Or email and include the words “Rabbi Skorka” in the subject line.

The university is located at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL, 33574. Daytime parking close to the Student Community Center is always available in the campus garage for those who can walk easily. For the 6:30 p.m. event in the Abbey Church, the parking lots near Saint Edward Hall or the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library are closest.           

(The photos used are from Rabbi Skorka’s Twitter feed. He tweets at @RabbiSkorka.)