Recalling the Common Heritage of Jews and Christians
Letter to the Latin-Rite Diocese of Jerusalem
Holy Father wrote a Letter to the Latin-rite Diocese of Jerusalem
to mark the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s reorganization
of that see. The Pope called on Catholics to prepare in every way
to celebrate the coming Holy Year. Here is a translation of those
paragraphs of his letter pertaining to relations with the Jews.
the ties with those who belong to the Jewish religion it should
be recalled that Jews and Christians have a common heritage which
links them spiritually (cf. Gn 12:2-3), to the extent that they
work together so that peace and justice prevail among all people
and all individuals and do so in fullness and in depth, according
to the divine plan and in the spirit of sacrifice which this noble
project can demand.
November 28, 1997
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