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Pope Benedict Renews Commitment to Jewish Dialogue


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.

After Ups and Downs, Historic Step by The Pope

Special To The Jewish Week

Six years into the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, no one would argue that the Church’s relations with the Jewish people during his tenure have been characterized by ups and downs, positives and negatives, seeming to suggest an unevenness in his approach so far toward Catholic-Jewish relations.

But one historic gesture earlier this month registered as a complete positive for the Church’s relations with Jews — the publication of Pope Benedict’s new book, “Jesus of Nazareth, Volume II.”

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