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Pope sees progress in Catholic-Jewish ties in Latin America

May 10, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 10 with a delegation from the Latin American Jewish Congress, and spoke about the progress in relations between the two faiths in the past 50 years.

The Vatican II document Nostra Aetate provides “the basis and the guide for our efforts,” the Pope said. That document, he added, “not only took up a clear position against all forms anti-Semitism, but also laid the foundations for a new theological evaluation of the Church’s relationship with Judaism, expressing the confidence that an appreciation of the spiritual heritage that Jews and Christians share will lead to increasing understanding and esteem.”

In Latin America, the Pontiff observed, “dynamic Jewish communities” live in predominantly Catholic societies, and efforts to promote friendly relations between the two faiths continue. While a great deal remains to be done, he said, the fact that “we are jointly committed to a path of dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation is a reason for thanksgiving.”


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