Now the pope stands up to speak, saying he’s been able to count on Jewish organizations for support since his ascent to the papacy.
“I’m convinced that the progress that has been made in recent decades between Jews and Catholics has been a genuine gift from God,” he says.
He also notes the growing dialogue between the Chief Rabbi and the Vatican’s department for relations with the Jews, saying it is reaching its bar mitzvah and has a bright future.
He then calls for the bond to be investigated not just from a human angle but also spiritual.
“On the part of Catholics there is a sincere desire to reflect on the Jewish roots of our own faith,” he says. “I trust with your help among Jews too there will be a genuine interest in Christianity.”
“Together we can make a great contribution to the cause of peace,” he says.