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Developments in Jewish/Christian Relations

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".


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Developments in Jewish/Christian Relations