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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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John Paul II on Jews and Judaism

John Paul II on Jews and Judaism

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(p.329) Review Essays John Paul II on Jews and Judaism
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14
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Robert S. Wistrich

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.003.0024

This chapter explores Pope John Paul II's denunciations of antisemitism. Since his election in 1978, John Paul II has repeatedly broken new ground in relations with the Jewish community. As the texts on Jews and Judaism compiled under the title Spiritual Pilgrimage by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) show, his writings, homilies, and speeches on Jewish themes represent a remarkable contribution to the historic dialogue between Jews and Catholics today. This ‘spiritual pilgrimage’ culminated in his becoming the first Roman pontiff to visit a synagogue in the Eternal City (or elsewhere) in 1986, followed seven years later by the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the state of Israel. Nor has any previous pope been as consistent, firm, and unequivocal in condemning antisemitism as John Paul II.

Keywords:   Pope John Paul II, Catholic–Jewish relations, antisemitism, diplomatic relations, historic dialogues, Jewish themes

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