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Foundation

The Archbishop Jean Jadot Nostra Aetate Chair for the Study of Religion and Values in Society is an interuniversity chair established by the faculties of theology of the two sister universities the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven). The chair is established in honor of Archbishop Jean Jadot, Apostolic Delegate to the United States from 1973 to 1980 and Pro-President of the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue in Rome from 1980 to 1984.

Title

The chair takes its name from the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions Nostra Aetate. Inter-religious dialogue has been a constant care in the ministry of Archbishop Jadot. The name reflects as well the focus of the chair: faith meeting contemporary culture.

Purpose

The purpose of the chair is to promote the understanding of religious, ethical and cultural values in national societies and in international relations, especially transatlantic relations. The chair has been established to encourage American and European researchers and students to bridge the gaps between Anglo-American and continental-European thought, by sponsoring an annual Jadot Nostra Aetate Lecture at each university and by providing research and travel grants to scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.

Archbishop Jean Jadot

Archbishop Jean Jadot signing a document, black and white photoBorn in Brussels in 1909, alumnus of the Catholic University of Louvain, ordained priest in 1934 and bishop in 1968, Archbishop Jean Jadot was Apostolic Delegate to Laos, to Singapore and to Malaysia, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Thailand (1968 to 1971), Apostolic Delegate to Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea (1971 to 1973) and Archbishop Jean Jadot with Pope Paul VI, color photoApostolic Delegate to the United States (1973 to 1980).

After a seven years tenure in the United States, Archbishop Jean Jadot became Pro-President of the Vatican Secretariat for Non-Christians (today’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue) from 1980 to 1984. Throughout his years of episcopal service, Archbishop Jean Jadot, reflecting the spirit and concerns of Vatican II, has been a man of bridge-building and inter-religious dialogue. The steering committee establishing the Archbishop Jean Jadot Nostra Aetate Chair intends to stimulate the same type of dialogue and approach that has been the hallmark of Archbishop Jean Jadot’s life and ministry.