Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic Second Vatican Council, ADL welcomed the Papal Nuncio, the Vatican’s Ambassador to the United Nations, along with other Jewish and Catholic interfaith experts for a special partnership event with the Archdiocese of New York, to highlight the significance of Nostra Aetate in transforming the Church’s relationship to the Jewish people.
The Papal Nuncio spoke at “50 Years After Nostra Aetate: Catholic, Jewish and Latino Relations in the Age of a Latin American Pope” at the 92nd Street Y to a diverse audience before a panel of distinguished experts on the subject took the stage. The event was live streamed on October 20 to Jewish institutions across the country, including in New York, South Carolina, Houston, and St. Louis.
Rabbi Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs, discusses the history of the Catholic Church’s teaching about Jews and Judaism, Nostra Aetate, and how Pope Francis has “consistently spoken unequivocally about the theological significance of Jewish existence for Catholics.” Rabbi Sandmel says that we must commend the Pope for his commitment to Jewish-Catholic relations and stand against anti-Semitism.
Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, explains why Pope Francis knows Jews more intimately than any pope in history, and how he is someone whom the Jewish community has considered a friend over the years. He provides examples of the Pope’s condemnations of anti-Semitism and praises him for furthering the relationship between Catholics and Jews.