2015 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church with non-Christian Religions, popularly called Nostra Aetate, from the document’s first two words in the official Latin, meaning “In our time.” By far the shortest of all the major documents of the Council — just five paragraphs and 1200 Latin words — it is has been one of the most consequential and in particular it marked a decisive turning point in relations between the Catholic Church and Judaism.
Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square on October 28th, the actual fiftieth anniversary, that the Declaration has led to a “true and proper transformation … in the relations between Christians and Jews. Indifference and opposition have been changed into collaboration and benevolence. From enemies and strangers we have become friends and brothers. The Council, with the Declaration Nostra Aetate, has traced for us the way.”
To celebrate and commemorate the anniversary fittingly, it’s not enough to look back with appreciative nostalgia for the progress made over the past five decades, but to see the last fifty years as the beginning of a journey that concerns not just Catholics and Jews, or the relations between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all religious believers, but to view the progress made in Jewish-Catholic relations as a paradigm for dialogue, humanitarian cooperation, and the reconciliation needed to build a culture of solidarity and peace.
In this Side Event, open to all, noted Catholic and Jewish speakers will reflect on the significance of the journey begun by Nostra Aetate in Catholic-Jewish relations and draw lessons for the present and future for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, collaboration, and peace.
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