An experience of UMEC/WUCT educators
at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem
“In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration men have in common and what draws them to fellowship (Nostra Aetate 1). God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers […] Since the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews is thus so great, this sacred synod wants to foster and recommend that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues” (Nostra Aetate 4).
In the spirit of this brotherly dialogue, from the 8 till the 14 December, a delegation of World Union of Catholic Teachers (UMEC-WUCT) led by Mr Guy Bourdeaud'hui (president UMEC-WUCT) and made up of Mrs Katie Addison (St. John Fisher Catholic college, Newcastle, UK – teacher), Mr Santino Cerami (Primary school, E. De Amicis, Palermo - IT – coordinating teacher), Mrs Concetta Fascella (Secondary school, E. Medi, Palermo - IT – coordinating teacher), Mrs Caroline Healy (St Mary University, London, UK – teacher), Mrs Barbara Leggeri (College school Ovidio, Roma, IT – teacher), Mr Gerard Marciniak (Xaverian College, Manchester - UK – teacher), Mr John Philip Nish (Wakefield City Academies Trust Wakefield – President CATCS, UK, Headteacher), Fr. Adrian-Vasile Podar (Iuliu Maniu High School, Oradea, Romania, teacher), Mrs Anna Torretta (College school Piaget-Majorana, Rome - IT-teacher), Mr Bert Verhaegen (Primary school, Heist-op-del-Berg, Belgium – teacher), and Mr Raf Joseph Waumans (Community of primary schools, Willruk -teacher, Belgium) took part in a Seminar at Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, that was based on the study of the Holocaust....