Developments in Jewish/Christian Relations

Anti-semitism: A wound to be healed

CARDINAL WALTER KASPER | 01.05.2015 Together with the faith of the Fathers and of the Torah, the Temple of Jerusalem - at least until Titus destroyed it in the year 70 - was the heart of Judaism, with the exception of certain groups such as the Essenes and the Samaritans.... Read full article Download  PDF copy
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Sculpting a New Tradition From Adversaries to Two Peoples in Covenant to Study Partners

Dear colleagues and friends,  Last September, Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., the President of Saint Joseph's University, announced that a campus sculpture was being commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration, Nostra Aetate. We thought you might enjoy an update on its preparation that has been distributed locally. Click here to read full update Sincerely,  Phil Cunningham and Adam Gregerman
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Moment when Catholics and Jews could heal

Shortly before his untimely death in 1904, Theodor Herzl was received by Pope Pius X. The former wanted to enlist the Catholic Church's support for the re-establishment of the Jewish people's independence in its ancestral homeland. However, Herzl records in his diaries that Pius's response was far from supportive. The Pope told him he could not recognise the Jewish people as such because "the Jews have not recognised our Lord". The Pope declared "we cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem, but we could never sanction it. If you come to Palestine and settle your people there, our churches and priests will be ready to baptise all of you". Read full article ...
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April 15th 2015 Each year the Jewish community worldwide observes Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. Many Jewish communities hold commemorative ceremonies or events to remember Holocaust victims who died during World War II.  This year Yom HaShoah falls on April 15th.  MARKING THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF BERGEN-BELSEN On the afternoon of 15 April 1945, British troops liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany. They were met with scenes of unimaginable horror. Some 13,000 dead bodies were slowly decomposing in the spring sun while another 60,000 gaunt figures were alive but emaciated, sick and starving, teetering on the ...
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Article in The Tablet, 26.3.2015 Pope St John Paul II once said that Jews are the elder brothers of Christians but this was not always as well understood as it is now. Since this journal’s foundation 175 years ago, there has been a profound shift in relations between the faiths CATHOLIC-JEWISH relations’ transformation in the twentieth century was a sign of hope in an age dominated by war and unprecedented violence. Jewish memories of the twentieth century are still overshadowed by the catastrophe of the Holocaust, but Jews also remember with immense gratitude the achievement of the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent papal leadership in the decades that followed, w...
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