Catholics should not try to convert Jews: Vatican

(From Reuters)

Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past.

Cardinal Kurt Koch (R) and Rabbi David Rosen attend the news conference at Vatican Dec. 10

Cardinal Kurt Koch (R) and Rabbi David Rosen attend a news conference at Vatican Dec. 10

Christianity and Judaism are intertwined and God never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people, said the document from the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews.

“The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views,” it said.

It also said Catholics should be particularly sensitive to the significance to Jews of the Shoah, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, and pledged “to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies”. Read More



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