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Official Catholic Documents on Jews and Judaism

Emblem of the Papacy*Note: These documents are now available on our website. You will find them in the Church Documents section.

Pope Paul VI, Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions Nostra Aetate (Second Vatican Council, 1965)

Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews, Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration “Nostra Aetate” n. 4 (1974)

Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews, Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church (1985)

Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews, We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah (1998)

Vatican International Theological Commission, Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and Faults of the Past (1999)

Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (2001)

See also the homepage of the Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews.

Although not a magisterial document, the article by Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), Reconciling Gospel and Torah: The Catechism is important and instructive. 

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