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Forthcoming publication a step forward for Catholic-Jewish Relations

B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

B’nai B’rith International commends Pope Benedict XVI for his new book, “Jesus of Nazareth—Part II,” which exonerates Jews from all blame in Jesus’ death, noting that there is no scriptural basis for collectively blaming Jews for the death of Jesus.

The Catholic-Jewish relationship has long been strained over this issue, and we look forward to a reinvigoration of relations in light of the new research brought forth in this publication.

B’nai B’rith has long been committed to forwarding interfaith peace and understanding, and has participated in the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC) meeting in Paris this week.