As I noted earlier, today we had a visit to the Safi lab of a large delegation from the archdiocese of Paris, led by His Eminence, Cardinal André Armand Vingt-Trois Cardinal-Archbishop of Paris. They were visiting BIU as part of a big delegation and toured around various parts of the campus, and participated in an interesting interfaith dialogue on religious leaders in democracies (see here the meeting schedule: Interfaith dialogue meeting
In addition, they visited various showcase points of the university, including the Nanotechnology building, the Brain Science Center, and needless to say, the laboratory of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Project. During their visit in the lab, I showed them different finds from the project, representing different periods, topics and issues. In particular, I stressed how archaeological finds can be used as an educational tool.
It seems that they very much enjoyed the visit! Who knows – perhaps we will have in the coming seasons some volunteers/students who are affiliated with the Catholic Church in France!
And if I may add, this is definitely the first time that we had cardinals, and for that matter, archbishops as well, visit the lab!
Here are some pictures of the visit: