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FEBRUARY 2018:

- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: Behind the Scenes: Vatican Meetings on the Theology of Jewish-Christian Relations. Article
- Abraham Skorka: What my friendship with Pope Francis taught me about interfaith dialogue. Article
- Ron Kronish: Challenges Facing Jews and Muslims in America and Israel. Article
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Holy Land 2019 Coordination Communiqué: Christians in Israel – Challenges and Opportunities. Report
- JCR: Pope Francis: Preface to "La Bibbia dell'Amicizia". Report
- Bishops of Holy Land Coordination release statement after their visit to Israel and Palestine. Statement
- Kristoff Kerl: Deciphering the New Antisemitism. Book review

JANUARY 2019:

- Kenneth P. Kramer: Martin Buber’s Sweet Sacrament of Dialogue. Article
- Rebecca Denova: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels. Article
- Shmuel Szteinhendler: Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Confraternidad Judeo-Cristiana del Uruguay.Report
- World Council of Churches: ‘Respect for the other’ lies at the heart of peace education, say panelists at UN debate.Report
- Jessica Marglin: A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East. Book review

DECEMBER 2018:

- Michaël de Saint-Chéron: Elie Wiesel as Theologian. Article
- Anette Adelmann: ICCJ 2019 Conference: Transformations Within and Between. Report
- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus hold biannual dialogue meeting in Ottawa. Report
- Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews: The Dignity of the Human Being. Children in Jewish and Catholic Teaching. Statement
- Ruth Sandberg: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Book review

Articles | Observations & Experiences

Behind the Scenes: Vatican Meetings on the Theology of Jewish-Christian Relations

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.02.2019

It has often been noted by those engaged in the Catholic-Jewish dialogue that the most precious outcome of the conciliation process begun after the promulgation in 1965 of the Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, 4 has been the enduring personal friendships between members and representatives of the two faiths and the consequent increase in mutual understanding and breakdown of historically determined preconceptions. In other words, the building of mutual trust and familiarity with the other’s beliefs and traditions, is greatly boosted by the personal encounter. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

Challenges Facing Jews and Muslims in America and Israel

Ron Kronish | 01.02.2019

I recently conducted a public dialogue with my friend and colleague Professor Mehnaz Afridi, an American Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, who teaches at a Catholic college —Manhattan College—in a Jewish neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City. The dialogue took place at Conservative Synagogue Adat Israel Riverdale in the Bronx. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (173)

What my friendship with Pope Francis taught me about interfaith dialogue

Abraham Skorka | 01.02.2019

This February, I will be a participant with my friend Pope Francis at a “Global Conference on Human Fraternity” hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. It seeks a common framework of cooperation among religious leaders to achieve peace and human solidarity. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (123)

The Life of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels

Rebecca Denova* | 31.12.2018

The only sources for the life of Jesus of Nazareth are in the canonical gospels (or the gospels that were included in the authorised version of the New Testament). We have no contemporary, eyewitness testimony from the time that he lived and preached in Israel. … [more]

On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2018

One of the most famous passages of the Passover seder is called “Ha Lachma Anya — This is the bread of affliction.” It is sometimes referred to as the “invocation.” It is the moment when the leader of the seder welcomes all the guests at the seder, especially those who are in need, and invites them to celebrate Passover with everyone at the table. It is recited and sung in Aramaic, so unless one pays attention to the translation, one can miss the importance of the passage. … [more]

What Did the Faith Community Stand For? Doctrines and Deeds in Nazi Europe

USHMM | 31.12.2017

Examine how different faith communities, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestants, and Catholics, reacted in the face of the challenges then—and the questions the history poses today. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (171)

Martin Buber’s Sweet Sacrament of Dialogue

Kenneth P. Kramer* | 31.12.2018

Martin Buber (1878-1965) stands among the most significant philosophers of the 20th century. While many studies have attempted to summarize the scope of Buber’s writings, here I will highlight some key implications of Buber’s basic insight that there exists a deeply reciprocal bond between genuine interhuman dialogue and the divine-human relationship. … [more]

Elie Wiesel as Theologian

Michaël de Saint-Chéron | 01.12.2018

Please let me begin by commenting on what Jean Duchesne has just quoted from Cardinal Aron Jean-Marie Lustiger. Lustiger held that there are not simply Jews on the one hand, and Christians on the other; there are also baptized Jews. But where does that leave Christians who were born of a Jewish mother, or father, and who turn their backs to Jesus and become Jewish? That was the choice I made. It is as Jew who once was Catholic that I address you today. … [more]

Reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity. A Catholic Persepective

Markus Himmelbauer | 02.11.2018

Lecture given at ICCJ's conference in Budapest ("Towards Reconciliation in a Broken World: Jewish and Christian Contributions to Responsible Citizenship"), 25 June, 2018.[more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The Pope and the Rabbi

Often, direct person-to-person communication will achieve better results than all formal utterances “about” an issue. This seems to have been the case with a personal exchange of letters in their common language of German, between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger and the Chief Rabbi of Vienna Arie Folger. ... [more]