When filmmaker Martin Doblmeier considers the interfaith growth between Catholics and Jews, Pope Francis’ October 2018 Angelus prayer for the 11 victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh comes to mind.
The formal structures that sponsor Catholic-Jewish dialogue are important, but their decades of success have relied on strong personal friendships and mutual respect, both of which must continue to spread among all Catholics and Jews, officials involved in the dialogue said.
“Nostra Aetate” uprooted previous Church teachings and charted a new course for the relationship between Jews and Catholics in a bold, unequivocal, radical way, Rabbi Daniel F. Polish said.
While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said.
More than 20 years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called on Jews and Catholics to be “a blessing to one another,” so as to be a blessing to the whole world together. The sainted pope’s words were literally fulfilled in Brooklyn last July, when newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop James Massa asked a friend of his, Rabbi Eric Greenberg, to bless him moments after his ordination to the episcopacy.