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Pope to American Jewish Committee: Let's work together, let's embrace fraternity


 

Just months before Pope Francis visits the Holy Land, he met with the American Jewish Committee for the very first time, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

"We come here with a true feeling that you are our true friend.�

The relationship between Catholics and Jews has a complicated history. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 'Nostra Aetate' document, where the Second Vatican Council laid out the Church's relationship with non-Christian religions.

POPE FRANCIS 

"It is also important to find ways in which Jews and Christians can cooperate in constructing a more just and peaceful world.�

 The Pope acknowledged all the progress that's been made, but he also said he hopes the Jewish community is open to learning and understanding more about Christianity.

RABBI DAVID ROSEN 

American Jewish Committee

"It's not just that the Jews are the roots of Christianity, we are a family and there is a strong sense of that.�

Rabbi David Rosen is AJC's International Director of Interreligious Affairs. Before meeting with the Pope, he along with a delegation met with the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.

RABBI DAVID ROSEN 

American Jewish Committee

"In a way that's the new era for Catholic/Jewish relations. We've had to address the past, we've had to overcome the past, we've had to deal with theology in the past. The challenge is what can we do for the future.�

That same week, representatives from the Holy See and the State of Israel met to discuss the legal and economic rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.

RABBI DAVID ROSEN 

American Jewish Committee

"Being one together despite our theological difference is very strong and very sincere and very much heart felt.�

As he gets ready for his visit to Jerusalem in May, the Pope asked for their prayers, so that the pilgrimage 'may bring forth the fruits of communion, hope and peace.'

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