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John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation

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 Contents - Aug 2005AD2000 August 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: opportunity for bishops to take control - Michael Gilchrsit
What the Church can teach the secular world - Archbishp Barry Hickey
News: The Church Around the World
Campus Life: Cardinal Pell's program for a Catholic culture at Sydney's universities - Stephen Lawrence
International poll underlines growing secularist challenge - Michael Gilchrist
Media: Our Lord's name: responding to media blasphemy - Andre Van Der Linden
Feminist translation: Inclusive language and the Trinity: the latest from Brisbane - Michael Apthorp
Benedict XVI's pontificate: the possibilities - Damian Thompson
London's Balham parish, 'an icon of liturgical hope' - Joanna Bogle
John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation
Anglican update: an orthodox fight-back - Fr Christopher Seton
Letters: Dissenter's manifesto (letter) - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Origins of the Bible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Lay-led liturgies (letters) - M.T. Kennedy
Letters: An Islamic Holland? (letter) - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Sacrifice (letter) - M.A. Ross
Letters: Abortion breast cancer link (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: Real Presence (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Small Catechisms available (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Stem cells (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Government review of RE in State Schools (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Brisbane Archbishop bans weekday Latin Mass (letter) - Tom King
Letters: The Mass (letter)
Letters: Appreciation from Nepal (letter)
Poetry: A Heavenly Surprise
Books: More Catholic Than the Pope, by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere - Fr Glen Tattersal FSSP (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: How we will overcome the shortage of priests - Fr John O'Neill PP

The following tribute was published on the website by Raphy Marciano, Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Paris, on 4 April 2005. It has been translated from the original French by Andrew Sholl of Townsville, Queensland.

To our Christian brothers it is with emotion, mixed with infinite sadness, that the Jews of France learnt that God has recalled to Himself Pope John Paul II. Never was an affirmation more true than to say that the Christian people had the Pope that it merited: an exceptional man for a great people.

Pope John Paul II will remain in Jewish Memory as the "Pope of the Jews" ...

For the first time in history, the Jews no longer had fear: this Pope listened to them, under- stood them, comforted them, not by words, but by deeds.

With powerful gestures, he was the first one to break the invisible wall of hate, by visiting a Synagogue, to strengthen dialogue and Jewish Christ- ian rapprochement, with his unfailing determination to combat anti- semitism, to highlight the uniqueness of the Shoah, whilst listening to Jewish suffering.

He accomplished considerable objectives: the recognition of the Jewish State, and his visit not only to YadVaShem, but to the [Western] Wall, the symbolic High Place of the Jewish faith.

For Jews today, he will remain "the Righteous among the Nations".

This servant of God has honoured not only the Christian people, but mankind itself.

This Pope, immersed in holiness, was able to find the right words in addressing the Jewish soul. This Jewish soul weeps today for the shepherd of God, who was able to find the words of reconciliation.

With all of you, Christian brothers and sisters, your mourning is ours as well. We would like, perhaps for the first time in history, to accompany you in order to pray for the salvation of his soul, and also to pray for his successor.

Together with you, we raise our voices to say: We have heard his message, so that "men of faith will no longer be fearful".

We would like to express our heartfelt acknowledgment to John Paul II, and to bow with respect before the Memory of a Righteous man. If you have reason to say that he is a light unto the Christian people, we know, us Jews, that the light of a Righteous man is never extinguished.

Copies of the above photo, in colour, A4 size and on photographic paper suitable for framing, are available from AD2000 (tel (03) 9326-5757) for $5.00 each (including postage) or $2.00 each for quantities of ten or more (including postage).

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 7 (August 2005), p. 13

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