Jewish-Catholic Relations

Nostra Aetate’s Impact, 50 Years On

How the document has transformed Jewish-Catholic relations.

Special To The Jewish Week

The transformation of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years has been so successful that few today — neither Catholics nor Jews — know much about Nostra Aetate (“In Our Time”), the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths and whose 50th anniversary we mark this year.

Pope John Paul II. Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

Celebrating Catholic-Jewish Relations


A half-century after the Second Vatican Council, which absolved Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus and strongly condemned anti-Semitism, Catholic-Jewish relations are at a high point. As proof, an Orthodox rabbi received an honor from the pope this week, and a cardinal will dialogue and dine at the Jewish Theological Seminary next week.

Pope Benedict Is Principled, Frustrating

Special To The Jewish Week

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the wake of his resignation.

Leaders Say Benedict XVI Built On John Paul II's Interfaith Work

Staff Writer

In the early years of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI hosted an audience at the Vatican with Abraham Foxman, the Holocaust survivor who serves as national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after Christmas night mass last year. Getty Images
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