Lay Centre students meet with Austrian foreign minister

Students of The Lay Centre were among several young scholars in Rome to meet with Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz (centre in blue suit): The Venerable Master Thondara, a Buddhist monk from Myanmar (in orange), Muslim layman Ousmane Coulibaly (third from right) and Catholic layman A.J. Boyd (first from right). The Austrian Ambassador to the Holy See Alfons Kloss is pictured second from left. (Photo credit: D. TACTIC)

Students of The Lay Centre were among several young scholars in Rome to meet with Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz (centre in blue suit): The Venerable Master Thondara, a Buddhist monk from Myanmar (in orange), Muslim layman Ousmane Coulibaly (third from right) and Catholic layman A.J. Boyd (first from right). The Austrian Ambassador to the Holy See Alfons Kloss is pictured second from left. (Photo credit: D. TACTIC)

Two students currently residing at The Lay Centre and one alumnus met last week with the Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Mr Sebastian Kurz.

They participated at a meeting, 7 April, with other young people of different religions and cultures to discuss interreligious dialogue in the context of current challenges.

The Lay Centre students included Mr Ousmane Coulibaly, a Muslim layman from Cote d’Ivoire, the Venerable Master Thondara, a Buddhist monk from Myanmar, and Mr A.J. Boyd, a Catholic layman and doctoral candidate from the United States. Mr Boyd is an alumnus of The Lay Centre and a university lecturer in Rome.

At 28 years old, Mr Kurz is the youngest government minister in Austria since the foundation of the country and the youngest foreign minister in the European Union.

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