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Germany    RATZINGER SAYS CHURCH WAITING FOR ISRAEL TO ACCEPT CHRIST
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in an interview that the church is 'waiting for the moment when Israel will say yes to Christ'.
    The comment is included in excerpts from a book published this month that is based on a long interview between the 73-year-old German cardinal and journalist Peter Seewald.
    Excerpts from the book were published last month in the German magazine Focus.
    Answering the question whether the Jews were still the chosen people of God, Cardinal Ratzinger answered: "It's quite clear that the Jews have to do with God in a special way, and that God doesn't let them drop. It's true, we're waiting for the moment when Israel will say yes to Christ, but we also know that, throughout the course of history, precisely in this position of standing before the door, it (Israel) has had a special mission which has been of significance for the world."
   
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17 Oct 00



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