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R. Rosen: 50 years of Jewish-Catholic relations

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Rabbi David Rosen, one of the world’s foremost Jewish leaders in the field of inter-religious dialogue, will shortly be visiting South Africa to participate in the 50thanniversary commemorations of the famous Nostra Aetate declaration. This coming Monday, he will be speaking to the Gauteng Jewish community on the topic “From Foe to Friend – Catholic-Jewish Relations”.
by ANT KATZ | Aug 18, 2016

Rabbi Rosen, who is being brought out as a guest of Religions for Peace, has for many years been at the forefront of initiatives aimed at fostering reconciliation and dialogue between the world’s Jewish and Catholic communities.

Rabbi David Rosen tallFor his work in interfaith relations, he has received numerous honours, including a Papal Knighthood from the Vatican and an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

He is the founder of the International Catholic Jewish Association and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee.

RIGHT: Rabbi David Rosen

With Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church turned its back on nearly two millennia of anti-Semitic dogma, inter alia rejecting the age-old charge of deicide (that Jews were collectively and for all time guilty of killing Jesus) that had for so long been used to justify hatred against the Jewish people and recognising the common spiritual roots that bound Christians and Jews together.

The declaration further extended a hand of friendship and understanding to other faith communities. Its adoption by the Second Vatican Council represented a seismic theological shift whose repercussions are felt to this day.

Rabbi Rosen will be speaking at Beyachad on Monday, August 29, at 19:30. To attend or for further information, contact Roseanne on (011) 645-2521 or [email protected]



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