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Pope committed to good relations with Jews


Pope Benedict XVI assured the world's Jews yesterday that he and the Vatican are irrevocably committed to good Catholic-Jewish relations and to never forgetting the Holocaust.

CLICK HEREReuters reports that the Holy Father spoke for the 40th anniversary celebrations of a Second Vatican Council document called "Nostra Aetate" (In Our Time) that revolutionized relations by repudiating the concept of continuing collective Jewish guilt for the death of Christ.

"This anniversary gives us abundant reason to express gratitude to almighty God ..." he said in a message to Catholic and Jewish leaders commemorating the anniversary in Rome.

The Pope, who visited a synagogue in his native Germany last August, praised those who had worked courageously to foster reconciliation and better understanding between Christians and Jews "despite a complex and often painful history."

He cited the "tragic experience of the Shoah," using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust in which the Nazis killed some six million Jews.

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Pope says committed to good relations with Jews (Reuters 27/10/05)

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28 Oct 2005