URGENT! Only 3 days left! We must still match $2,375 to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Jewish-Catholic dialogue is ‘just coming of age,’ says Pope

Catholic World News - May 26, 2014

Pope Francis paid a courtesy visit to the two chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi David Lau (Ashkenazi) and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (Sephardi), and said that Jewish-Catholic dialogue, “in terms of the Jewish tradition of the Bar Mitzvah, it is just coming of age.”

The Pope also expressed the hope that “there will be a continued and even growing interest in knowledge of Christianity” among Jews.

“I am convinced that the progress which has been made in recent decades in the relationship between Jews and Catholics has been a genuine gift of God, one of those great works for which we are called to bless his holy name,” Pope Francis said at the meeting, which took place at Heichal Shlomo, next to the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. “A gift of God, yes, but one which would not have come about without the efforts of so many courageous and generous people, Jews and Christians alike.”

“We need to do more than simply establish reciprocal and respectful relations on a human level: we are also called, as Christians and Jews, to reflect deeply on the spiritual significance of the bond existing between us,” the Pope continued, adding:

On the part of Catholics, there is a clear intention to reflect deeply on the significance of the Jewish roots of our own faith. I trust that, with your help, on the part of Jews too, there will be a continued and even growing interest in knowledge of Christianity, also in this holy land to which Christians trace their origins. This is especially to be hoped for among young people.

“Mutual understanding of our spiritual heritage, appreciation for what we have in common and respect in matters on which we disagree: all these can help to guide us to a closer relationship, an intention which we put in God’s hands,” Pope Francis concluded. “Together, we can make a great contribution to the cause of peace; together, we can bear witness, in this rapidly changing world, to the perennial importance of the divine plan of creation; together, we can firmly oppose every form of anti-Semitism and all other forms of discrimination.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($2,375 to go):
$25,400.00 $23,024.71
9% 91%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 1 hours ago
What's wrong with these pictures? 6 hours ago
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? 7 hours ago
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days