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Catholics and Jews Find More Common Ground at Madrid Summit

With the backdrop of positive steps on Jewish-Catholic relations under Pope Francis I, more than 50 leaders from both faiths gathered in Madrid, Spain, on Oct. 13 for the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ICJLC) summit to further religious cooperation.

The ICJLC, the official Catholic-Jewish dialogue group, was formed in 1967 shortly after the Second Vatican Council’s groundbreaking declaration Nostra Aetate, which disavowed centuries of Catholic Church anti-Semitism and paved the way for improved Catholic-Jewish relations.

Since 1967, the committee has met nearly two dozen times and has issued several important joint declarations concerning matters of faith, ethics, and social issues.

According to a statement issued after the summit, whose was “Challenges for Religion in Contemporary Society,” the gathering addressed those challenges “in a series of presentations, discussions and workshops on the social, political, cultural, ethical, and religious circumstances in which men and women today seek to express their religious beliefs and follow the teachings of their religious traditions.”

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4 Responses to “Catholics and Jews Find More Common Ground at Madrid Summit”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    the ONLY common ground is that the catholic religion is based on Judaism and if the catholics want to make amends for centuries of their murder of the Jews, they should start with expelling their anti-Semitic clergy especially in Poland and Ukraine and return all of the Jewish artifacts stolen and stored in the Vatican.
    Otherwise, there is NO NEED for any meeting without any beneficial results for the Jews. Without the Jews, the Christians have no foundation for their religion since their prophets were all ONLY Jews.

  2. I agree with you and I am a catholic. But I think you should let the past go and look at the present. Jews and Christians should unite against the growing Muslim problem. Catholics do not kill Jews anymore.

  3. The murder of Jesus was perpetrated and carried by a group of people that has noting to do with a large society. Jesus himself asked God to forgive and commanded all His followers to forgive too. The common ground is that Jesus was a Jew who teaches border less love which today have brought peace and light to the entire world

  4. The murder of Jesus was perpetrated and carried out by a group of people that has noting to do with a large society. Jesus himself asked God to forgive and commanded all His followers to forgive too. The common ground is that Jesus was a Jew who teaches border-less love which today has brought peace and light to the entire world. If today Jews could shine the world through science, technology and innovation to serve the humanity it was due to their progressive faculty of though that have suggested them to put aside their ancient spirit of exclusiveness and embrace the doctrine of accepting every human being as equal creator of the same Loving God. The dispersal of the Jews to all corners of the world before returning back for a perennial stay in Israel was really a divine plan.

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