BENEDICT XVI: SHOAH, "CRIME AGAINST GOD". VISIT TO THE HOLY LAND ANNOUNCED (2)

The Pope announced to the delegation the preparations for his visit to Israel, "a land which is holy for Christians as well as Jews, since the roots of our faith are to be found there." "The two-thousand-year history of the relationship between Judaism and the Church has passed through many different phases, some of them painful to recall. Now that we are able to meet in a spirit of reconciliation, we must not allow past difficulties to hold us back from extending to one another the hand of friendship," he said. "The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration Nostra Aetate marked a milestone in the journey towards reconciliation, and clearly outlined the principles that have governed the Church’s approach to Christian-Jewish relations ever since. The Church is profoundly and irrevocably committed to reject all anti-Semitism and to continue to build good and lasting relations between our two communities. If there is one particular image which encapsulates this commitment, it is the moment when my beloved predecessor Pope John Paul II stood at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, pleading for God’s forgiveness after all the injustice that the Jewish people have had to suffer. I now make his prayer my own," he added quoting Pope Wojtyla’s words. (continued)

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