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Statements | Roman Catholic

Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions 50th Anniversary

Catholic Church in Australia | 02.11.2015

Statement, published on 28 July 2015 ... [more]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

Updating Nostra Aetate today

Markus Himmelbauer | 02.11.2015

I am very happy to have the opportunity to join this discussion among such reputable speakers at this podium. Naturally this topic is especially close to my heart as being the Catholic in this setting and the responsibility for my words bears down on me. ... [more]

Reports (275)

ICCJ Mourns the Passing of Pastor Armin Ihle

Eva Schulz-Jander | 01.11.2015

The International Council of Christians and Jews joins in mourning the death of Pastor Armin Ihle, for several periods co-chair of our Uruguayan member organization, the Confraternidad Judeo-Cristiana. … [more]

Interreligious audience in St. Peter's Square on the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”

Vatican Information Service | 01.11.2015

Vatican City, 28 October 2015 (VIS) – This week's general audience was held on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican Council II Declaration “Nostra Aetate” on the relations between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions. … [more]

Pontiff Makes Historic Visit to Philadelphia‘s Jesuit University

Saint Joseph's University | 01.10.2015

PHILADELPHIA (27Sept2015; Press Release) – Pope Francis made a stop at Saint Joseph’s University today, greeting campus officials, student and religious leaders, and visiting the newly dedicated statue, “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time.” … [more]

Book Reviews (70)

Modern Jewish Identity and the Catholic Other

Robert E. Alvis | 01.11.2015

Ari Joskowicz:
The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France.

Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.
392 pp. $65.00 (cloth) … [more]

Crossovers: The Hasidic Master and the Jewish Jesus

Adi Mahalel | 01.10.2015

Shaul Magid:
Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism.

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.
288 pp. $65.00 (cloth) … [more]

The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Post-War Lives of Nazi Perpetrators

Franklin Sherman* | 01.09.2015

Katharina von Kellenbach
The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Post-War Lives of Nazi Perpetrators

New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
287 pp. $35.00 (cloth) … [more]

Statements | Protestant (42)

Jerusalem Declaration

Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle East (PCIME) | 01.01.2013

Concluding Statement from the Jerusalem Consultation on the Mainline Protestant Churches and the State of Israel (November 5-8, 2012) … [more]

On the relationship of the Protestant churches of Europe to Judaism

Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CEPE) | 01.12.2012

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe – Leuenberg Church Fellowship has made important statements on these questions both in its foundation document and in two further documents which its member churches have unanimously endorsed. … [more]

Declaration Concerning the Sixtieth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War, May 8, 1945

Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany and Austria | 01.07.2012


Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (48)

Celebrating and Deepening the New Christian-Jewish Relationship

ICCJ | 01.09.2015

A Statement from the International Council of Christians and Jews on the Golden Jubilee of the Second Vatican Council Declaration, Nostra Aetate 2015 ICCJ Annual Conference in Rome … [more]

Joint Statement of the 22nd International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting

| 01.11.2013

The 22nd meeting of the ILC took place in Madrid, Spain, from 13-16 October, 2013, hosted by the Spanish Bishops´ Conference and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain. … [more]

'As long as you believe in a living God, you must have hope'.

ICCJ | 02.06.2013

Reflections on the Role of Religious and Interreligious Groups in Promoting Reconciliation about and in the Troubled Middle East, Shavuot / Pentecost - 2013/5773 … [more]

Statements | Jewish (11)

Manifesto for Combating Religious Extremism

Conference of European Rabbis | 01.03.2015

The threat posed by religious extremists is global, immediate, violent and deeply rooted in issues of identity, theology and faith. Countless governments, think tanks and NGOs spend millions of dollars every year, debating and redeveloping strategies to deal with religious extremism but the Conference of European Rabbis believes that it is religious communities themselves who should carry the burden of responsibility to offer tangible solutions to this intractable global problem. … [more]

Affirming the Image of God

| 30.11.2012


Ascending towards God

Rabbi David Rosen | 01.12.2011

Address of Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC, October 27, 2011, in Assisi … [more]

Statements | Ecumenical (21)

The Kairos Palastine Document

| 01.08.2010

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God's divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God's love for all, the mystery of God's divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging - a word of faith, hope and love. … [more]

Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

World Counil of Churches (WCC) | 06.09.2009

1. While the decision of the United Nations (UN) of 1947 (Resolution 181) to establish two states in the land of Palestine was partially achieved with the creation of the state of Israel, the second part of this resolution is still waiting for realization: the establishment of a Palestinian state. … [more]

Holocaust/Shoah: Its Effects on Christian Theology and Life in Argentina and Latin America

First Symposium of Christian Theology, Buenos Aires, May 17, 200 | 07.06.2006


Statements | Roman Catholic (48)

Address to Members of the "International Council of Christians and Jews"

Pope Francis | 01.09.2015

Given at Clementine Hall, Vatican, Tuesday, 30 June 2015. … [more]

Interreligious Dialogue: A Duty for all Believers

Pope Francis | 01.07.2015

Address of the Holy Father during an ecumenical and interreligious meetin at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Sarajevo, 6 June 2015. … [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (143)

Why We Read from Isaiah on Yom Kippur

Ron Kronish | 02.10.2015

In synagogues all over the world, we Jews will read a very important chapter from Isaiah in a few days, on the morning of Yom Kippur, on the purpose of fasting, which reminds us quite clearly that the goal of fasting is not just the ritual itself but "to lock the fetters of wickedness, and untie the cords of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, to break off every yoke, to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the poor into your home, when you see the naked, to clothe him and not to ignore your own kin." (Isaiah 58; 6-7). … [more]

ICCJ's Address to Pope Francis

Philip A. Cunningham, President of ICCJ | 01.09.2015

Your Holiness, Pope Francis, it is a great honor for me to present to you the 250 participants in the 2015 meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews. … [more]

Burning of Churches in the Jewish State? Impossible!

Ron Kronish | 02.07.2015

Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening! … [more]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (108)

Nostra Aetate, past and future

Rabbi Abraham Skorka | 01.10.2015

Lecture given at the opening session of ICCJ's annual conference 2015, June 28, Pontifical University Urbaniana, Rome. … [more]

Leaders in the Modern Jewish-Christian Relationship: Bruno Hussar, OP (1911-1996)

Scarboro Missions | 01.10.2015

An “oasis of peace”—for many religious Jews, Christians and Muslims, that is what they believe the Holy Land is meant to be, and what they hope and pray it will ultimately become some day. … [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions (143)

Anti-semitism: A wound to be healed

Cardinal Walter Kasper | 01.05.2015

Together with the faith of the Fathers and of the Torah, the Temple of Jerusalem - at least until Titus destroyed it in the year 70 - was the heart of Judaism, with the exception of certain groups such as the Essenes and the Samaritans. … [more]

Towards a Renewed Theology of Christianity's Bond with Judaism

John T. Pawlikowski, OSM | 01.04.2015

Presented to the Annual Conference of the International Council of Christians & Jews Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2014* … [more]

Rabbi Jesus in the Gospel of John

Adele Reinhartz* | 01.03.2015

In November of 2009, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of the city of Efrat in Israel, was severely criticized for referring to “Rabbi Jesus” in a filmed interview that was subsequently posted on YouTube.{1} In an attempt to calm the storm, Rabbi Riskin subsequently retracted the statement and explained himself as follows: … [more]

Statements | Orthodox (3)

To Recognize Christ in His People: Declaration by a Round Table of Eastern Orthodox Priests and Cultural Representatives

| 01.06.2007

Twelve Eastern Orthodox priests and lay leaders from Greece, Georgia, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine issued this statement at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Jerusalem, April 20-24, 2007. … [more]

Statement by Metropolitan Yuvenali (Russian Orthodox Church)
on the Alleged "Ritual" Nature of the Murder of the Royal Family

Metropolitan Yuvenali | 01.06.2005

In its historical analysis of the Ekaterinburg tragedy, the Commission could not avoid dealing with the question of the so-called ritual murder of the royal family, which continues to be the subject of press articles. … [more]

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Regarding Anti-Semitic Posters

| 01.05.2005

Upon learning the facts with regard to the anti-Semitic posters and graffiti that appeared in Belgrade on March 22 of this year, as well as of earlier, similar and in some cases even more blatant, inhumane and malicious demonstrations of prejudice and intolerance toward the Jewish people, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, convened today, March 24, in prayerful memory of the innocent victims of the bombing by the NATO alliance, wishes to communicate the following … [more]

Statements | Interreligious (4)

International Abrahamic Forum condemns German ban on circumcision

International Abrahamic Forum | 10.07.2012

The International Abrahamic Forum is deeply concerned by the recent ban on circumcision by the court in Cologne, Germany. … [more]


ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum | 01.11.2011

At its meeting held January 2011 in the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, Germany, the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews, implementing the decision taken by the 2010 ICCJ Annual General Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, decided to renew its commitment to the Jewish-Christina-Muslim dialogue. During a trilateral consultation, held in Berlin, December 2010, the following proposition was drafted, with which the ICCJ Executive Board unanimously agreed. … [more]

Joint Declaration by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbis of Israel

| 01.10.2006

The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger of Israel met in friendship at Lambeth Palace on 5th September 2006/12th of Elul 5766, to commit themselves to a continuing relationship based on mutual trust and respect. At the end of their meeting they made the following statement.



Mazal Tov! Four Rabbis Ordained and One Cantor Invested in Bielefeld, Germany

On August 31, 2015, Bielefeld hosted its first ordination of Reform rabbis as well as the investiture of a cantor, at a ceremony in the Beit Tikva Synagogue. ... [more]