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tcasey_01Irish Jesuit Tom Casey, professor of philosophy at the Gregorian University, is also Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Jewish Studies in Rome. The latest issue of the Centre’s Newsletter (published in Italian and English) gives a sense of Tom’s work on the links between Catholic and Jewish culture and faith.  He hosts a couple from USA, Peggy Hassett and her husband, who have funded a professorship in the Bea Centre (Tom is pictured with them here). He organises a lecture by Fr Patrick Dubois, who has spent ten years seeking out the mass graves of one and a half million Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis in Ukraine. He supports a visiting professor from Jerusalem, who has been researching Jesuit missions. The newsletter’s name, The Bridge, is a good description of Tom’s work on the frontiers.