On Thursday 25 August, the sixth annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium will draw attention to Christian-Muslim Relations in a Persecuted Region and the Impact of these relations on Immigration.
Keynote speakers; Bishop Robert Rabbat, Melkite Catholic Eparch of Australia and New Zealand, Mr Bayram Aktepe, President of the Islamic Council of Victoria, and Fr Fabio Baggio, a missionary of the Scalabrinian Congregation, will present different perspectives on Christian-Muslim relations and debate the impact of such relations on immigration.
Hosted by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), the Colloquium will take place at the Philippa Brazil Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Commencing at 7pm, the Colloquium is open to the public and free to attend. A questions and answers session will follow the keynote addresses.
During the Colloquium, Bishop Robert Rabbat will deliver an address about daily life for Christians in the Middle East. Mr Bayram Aktepe will speak about life in the Middle East for Muslim families given the current media attention on extremism. Fr Fabio Baggio will present the current situation for migrants in Europe following recent conflicts in the Middle East.
The colloquium will be chaired by Fiona Basile, a freelance photographer-writer and part-time photojournalist at the Media and Communications Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.