IJCIC-(ENEWSPF)- The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) and the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations will host a commemoration of Nostra Aetate on December 16 at 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the United Nations Headquarters in the chamber of the Economic and Social Council.
Nostra Aetate is the declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Catholic Church’s relation to non-Christian religions. Promulgated on October 28, 1965, Nostra Aetate effectively countered centuries of anti-Jewish attitudes and understandings within the Church and inaugurated a new era of Jewish-Catholic relations. It also opened the Church to relations with Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims and others.
Keynote speakers will include Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, philosopher Bernard Henry Levy, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center, and Brian Corbin, a Senior Vice President at Catholic Charities USA. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, will offer a special message.
Martin L, Budd, chair of IJCIC, said “in the last 50 years, the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people has transformed, as Pope Francis has said, from ‘enemies and strangers’ to ‘friends and brothers.’ This is certainly significant for Jews and Catholics, but is also a model of the potential for interreligious dialogue to resolve and overcome ancient and seemingly intractable hatred.”
Philosopher Bernard Henri Lévy, author of the forthcoming “The Spirit of Judaism” (Random House, 2016), said, “This is one of the most powerful and spectacular revolutions that happened in the 20th century. This transformation of friction into friendship and true alliance completely reshaped the face of the world. What happened exactly? A word, just one single and tiny word. The Christians used to say, for centuries, that Jews were their ‘fathers’ in faith – and fathers, as everybody knows, are due to die and to transmit their inheritance to their sons. Suddenly, with Nostra Aetate, Christians began to say that Jews were their ‘brothers’ – and, between brothers, the relationship can be of equality and mutual respect.”
Event Co-chair, Michael Landau, said ‘Jewish Catholic relations in New York and around the world have flourished based on the shared values on education and the family. We hope that this unique gathering will give further impetus to more interfaith cooperation in this era of radical extremism.”
IJCIC is a coalition of the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Israel Jewish Council for Interreligious Relations, Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbinical Council of America, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, and the World Jewish Congress.
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations is the official representative of the Catholic Church at the United Nations.
Attendance at the conference is free, but those without UN identification must pre-register on the website www.ijcic.org in order to obtain an event pass to enter the UN.
For more information, contact : IJCIC Board Member, Rabbi Joshua Stanton:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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