David Meyer, a leading figure in Jewish-Christian dialogue in Europe and a co-signer of a recent open letter to Pope Francis, discusses the controversies surrounding the Church’s stance in the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict.
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The statement was issued on the 60th anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate,’ the document of the Second Vatican Council which made clear the Church’s condemnation of hatred and violence against Judaism, beginning a new era of understanding and cooperation between the two faiths.
The Holy Father experienced a medical flare-up.
The Holy Father met with members of the Jewish service organization B’nai B’rith International at the Vatican on May 30, saying, ‘Let us go forward together, on the basis of our shared spiritual values, to defend human dignity against all violence and to seek peace.’
“Christians, to understand themselves, cannot fail to refer to their Jewish roots, and the Church, while professing salvation through faith in Christ, recognizes the irrevocability of the Old Covenant and the constant and faithful love of God for Israel,” he said Jan. 17.
Orthodox rabbis’ praise of Christianity as a ‘gift to the nations’ comes shortly after the Vatican’s statements marking the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.