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1. Paths Taken and Enduring Questions in Jewish - Christian Relations Today: Thirty Years of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

Kasper Cardinal Walter

in The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228058
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228058.003.0001

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

1. Paths Taken and Enduring Questions in Jewish - Christian Relations Today: Thirty Years of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

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More than forty years have passed since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate and thirty years since the creation of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. These events mark one of the most surprising developments of the twentieth century, which changed to a great extent the two-thousand-year history of relations between Christians and Jews, with momentous consequences for the whole world. Both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II strove to demonstrate that conversion, a new beginning, and reconciliation were possible. Among the new endeavors to be undertaken by the Pontifical Commission, two are worth mentioning: the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, and the dialogue and reflection on the Shoah. This chapter also looks at the future tasks and challenges of the Pontifical Commission.

Keywords: Nostra Aetate; Christians; Jews; Pontifical Commission; diplomatic relations; Vatican; Israel; Shoah

Chapter.  3462 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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