In so many seminal ways we are the same People of God, though centuries of Anti-Semitism obscured that truth; consequently it is heartening to see our current Holy Father, following the path set by previous popes—especially since Pope John XXIII—of developing closer bonds with our closest partner in faith.

Aleteia has a nice article about this.

An excerpt.

After a private audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, Rabbi Abraham Skorka – coauthor of the book “On Heaven and Earth” along with the Holy Father himself – gave a conference on “The Jewish-Catholic dialogue 50 years after Nostra Aetate [In our Age]: A Latin American perspective”.

Moderating the conference was Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Judaism.

The 63 year old Argentinian Rabbi, who was the first Jew to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Argentina, has played a key role in South America in the development of a fruitful dialogue between Catholicism and Judaism. He spent many years in close collaboration with his good friend Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, who worked together to arrive at a greater understanding between the two religions, a goal that Francis has continued to work towards during his Pontificate.

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