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Creighton Hosts Archbishop Hanna, Patriarchate of Jerusalem at Interfaith Presentation

Creighton University will host His Eminence Theodosius Hanna, Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for a first-time visit to Omaha. Archbishop Hanna will speak on the Creighton campus Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Harper Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Coinciding with the 2012 Advent season, Archbishop Hanna’s message will provide a glimpse of the lives, struggles and hopes of Christians living in the Holy Land and shed light on faith issues in the Middle East. “Creighton is proud to sponsor this interfaith discussion that provides insight in dealing with an increasingly complex world,” said Patrick J. Borchers, J.D., vice president of Academic Affairs.

Archbishop Hanna is the first Palestinian Christian to hold this position. He was born in the Galilean village of Al Rameh and graduated with honors from Thessalonica University in Greece. After receiving masters and doctoral degrees, he was ordained as a deacon and priest in the Orthodox tradition.

Archbishop Hanna is the founder of the Orthodox Youth Movement in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and is considered the ‘godfather’ by many Christian youth groups in Palestine. He has actively participated in Christian-Muslim dialogue to help foster a spirit of cooperation and unity in Palestine. He was elected to his current position as Archbishop of Sebaste, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in 2005.

Creighton sponsors of the event include the Arab Americans Heritage Society; the Committee of Films, Lectures and Concerts; the Creighton Students Union; the Fr. Henry W. Casper Professorship in History; the Kripke Center; the Muslim Student Association; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Pan-Orthodox Christian Council of Omaha.

The Harper Center is located at 602 N. 20th St. in Omaha. His Eminence is also holding other events in Omaha during the period of Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Questions can be directed to Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, Ph.D., at or Nicolae Roddy, Ph.D., at

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