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"On October 28, 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued its groundbreaking declaration 'On the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions' (Nostra Aetate), which called for ongoing dialogues between Jews and Catholics. In the following years, formal structures for such interactions began to be established. In 1967, Jewish advocacy and rabbinic bodies organized an International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) to represent the Jewish community to the Vatican and, later, other non-Jewish religions. In 1970, IJCIC and Vatican officials agreed in 'A Memorandum of Understanding' to meet regularly as an International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC). In 1974, Pope Paul VI established the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews within the Council for Christian Unity to be the official contact point between the Vatican and the worldwide Jewish community on religious matters."
"Elimination of antisemitism in all its forms as demanded by the Vatican Declaration Nostra Aetate, particularly in text-books of religious teaching and history in order to present respectfully Judaism according to its own understanding on all levels of teaching and education. Liturgical and para-liturgical texts and expressions should be examined with a view to avoiding offensive references to or representation of Judaism, without compromising the legitimate differences between the Church and Judaism...
Promotion of mutual understanding by a fair and adequate presentation of our respective faiths in their specific identities through all means of education...
Amongst the problems concerning mutual understanding, special attention should be given to the ways in which the relationship between religious community, people and land are conceived in the Jewish and Christian traditions respectively...
The promotion of justice and peace in the world, as well as of human freedom and dignity; the fight against poverty and racism and all forms of discrimination, and the protection of human rights, both of individuals or groups, should be fields of special collaboration between Christians and Jews. Religious liberty should be a joint concern in all cases where it is threatened or denied...
Study should be made of the ways in which Judaism and Christianity as communities deriving from the biblical faith in one God as Creator, concerned with the fate of this world, can face together the problems besetting religion in the modern age."
"A Memorandum of Understanding," www.ccjr.us, Dec. 23, 1970
Coalition of Catholic and Jewish religious leaders
Kurt Koch, ThD, Co-Chair
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Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations