Italian Jewry head slams Vatican policy, wants better ties

By JTA
November 10, 2010 18:46

ROME - Writing in the Vatican's official newspaper, the head of Italy's Jewish community criticized Vatican policy but called for strengthened Catholic-Jewish ties.

Renzo Gattegna, president of the umbrella Union of Italian Jewish Communities wrote in an Op-Ed published Wednesday that as a step toward "continuing with the initiatives dedicated to reciprocal understanding and friendship," it would be "useful, necessary and certainly appreciated" for the Vatican to openly and forcefully renounce "any manifestation of intent aimed at the conversion of the Jews."

This, he said, should be accompanied by the elimination of a recently reinstated Good Friday prayer that seems to call for such conversion attempts.


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