Leading Eastern Catholic
cleric will discuss Islam and
status of Christianity

Current concern about differences between Christian and Muslim beliefs will be among the topics to be addressed in lectures here next week by a leader of the Eastern Catholic Church in the United States.

Archbishop Mar Mikhael, who heads the diocese that covers Hawaii, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 94-559 Ukee St., Waipio Gentry Business Park.

His Tuesday talk will explore the history of the Eastern Catholic Church, one of several Christian churches that arose in the Middle East and Asia with Constantinople rather than Rome as the center of hierarchy and teaching, and its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches.

On Wednesday the archbishop will discuss what Christians should know about Islam and the state of Christianity in the Western world.

Born in Germany, the cleric was imprisoned because of his faith by the communist governments of East Germany and China. His work, based in Daly City, Calif., includes the founding of St. Thomas Home in San Francisco, which provides care for children with AIDS.

Mikhael will preside at a charismatic healing Mass at 7 p.m. next Saturday.

His talks are free. Seating is limited; to assure admission, call the Rev. John Frederick at 782-3937 or the Rev. Alesky at 672-8245.

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