Catholic-Jewish relations

Catholics Shouldn’t Try To Convert Jews, Says New Vatican Document

12/13/2015 - 19:00

Vatican City - The Vatican has said that Catholics should witness to their faith but not undertake organized efforts to convert Jews, a significant step forward in the once tense relations between the two faiths.

Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 26, 2014. RNS

Catholic-Jewish Relations Are Strong: Dolan

At JTS event, N.Y. archbishop touches on Nostra Aetate, Charlie Hebdo, free speech.

05/11/2015 - 20:00

A half-century ago this year, the Catholic Church issued a landmark document that decried anti-Semitism and asserted that Jews could not be blamed for killing Jesus. The effect: Long-fraught relations between Catholics and Jews were dramatically improved.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Jews, Catholics are engaging in a “providential, emergent partnership.”  Courtesy of JTS

Pope Benedict Renews Commitment to Jewish Dialogue

05/12/2011 - 20:00

ROME (JTA) -- Pope Benedict XVI praised the development of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past four decades and renewed commitment to dialogue.

"What has happened in these forty years must be seen as a great gift from the Lord and a reason for heartfelt gratitude towards the One who guides our steps with his infinite and eternal wisdom," he told a senior delegation from B'nai B'rith international at an audience Wednesday at the Vatican.

Pope Wins Praise for Repudiating Jewish Guilt for Jesus’ Death

03/02/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Jewish organizations are hailing Pope Benedict XVI's unequivocal repudiation of the claim that the Jewish people can be held forever responsible for the death of Jesus.

The Vatican already rejected the claim in general terms in 1965 with the landmark Nostra Aetate document issued by the Vatican II Conference, opening the door to formal Catholic-Jewish dialogue. But in a new volume of his book, "Jesus of Nazareth," Benedict employs a detailed scholarly analysis of Catholic teaching to make the point clear.

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