Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

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The Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews is a pontifical commission in the Roman Curia tasked with maintaining positive theological ties with Jews and Judaism. Established on 22 October 1974,[1] it works alongside the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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Its current Cardinal President is Kurt Koch, who is the Cardinal President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Vice-President is the Secretary of the Pontifical Council, Bishop Brian Farrell, L.C.. The Secretary of the Commission is Father Norbert J. Hofmann, S.D.B..

The Commission has published a series of helpful documents on Christian–Jewish reconciliation : "Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra aetate No. 4" (1974), "Notes on the Correct Way to Present Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Teaching in the Roman Catholic Church" (1985) and "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah" (1998). On 10 Dec. 2015 it published "The Gifts and the Calling of God Are Irrevocable” (Rom 11:29): A Reflection on Theological Questions Pertaining to Catholic–Jewish Relations on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra aetate (no. 4)."

There is a similar Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims, although it does not have a separate status like the commission for relations with the Jews.

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  1. ^ "Relations with the Jews (1975)". Vatican official website. The Holy See. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

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