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Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Italy focuses on 10th Commandment

January 06, 2016

In a joint message, the presidents of the Italian Rabbinical Assembly and the Italian bishops’ commission for ecumenism and interreligious dialogue reflected on the tenth commandment of the Decalogue.

For the past two decades, January 17-- the day before the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity-- has been observed in Italy as a day of Jewish-Catholic dialogue. The Ten Commandments have been a topic of joint reflection over the past decade.

The tenth commandment “teaches us to purify our desires and orient them to the design of God,” said Archbishop Bruno Forte and Rabbi Giuseppe Momigliano, who affirmed “the need to pursue the path of dialogue that we wanted to start 20 years ago” and prayed that God “grant us the Wisdom necessary to identify the next steps of this common journey.”

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