Dialogika

Bilateral Commission of Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

Following the historic pilgrimage of Saint Pope John Paul II to the Holy Land in 2000, a Bilateral Commission for interfaith dialogue between the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel was established. On June 5, 2002, delegations from the Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews and from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel met in Jerusalem to decide how an ongoing dialogue would be organized and what topics would be discussed. This first, preliminary meeting was kept private. It was agreed to meet regularly, alternating between Israel and the Vatican, with a limited number of delegates (six or seven participants in each delegation) in order to promote active conversation.

The first formal dialogue session occurred in Rome on February 24-26, 2003, and have continued up to the present. This section of Dialogika provides the texts of the Joint Statements that are issued after each meeting using the theme of each meeting as a title. (2016 Photo courtesy of the Israeli Embassy in Rome.)

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Title Date Author
Promoting Peace in the Face of Violence in the Name of Religion November, 2016 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
And You Should Love the Stranger as Yourself: Migrants and Refugees - Threat or Opportunity? December, 2015 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
Educating Our Respective Communities April, 2013 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
Religious Perspectives on the Current Financial Crisis: Vision for a Just Economic Order March, 2012 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
The Challenges of Faith and Religious Leadership in Secular Society. March, 2011 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
Catholic and Jewish Teaching on Creation and the Environment January, 2010 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
[Private Meeting on SSPX - Williamson Controversy] March, 2009 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
Freedom of Religion and Conscience and its Limits March, 2007 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
Human Life and Technology February, 2006 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
The Relationship between Religious and Civil Authority in the Jewish and Christian Traditions June, 2005 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
A Shared Vision of Social Justice and Ethical Conduct October, 2004 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
The Relevance of Central Teachings in the Holy Scriptures which We Share for Contemporary Society and the Education of Future Generations Accordingly December, 2003 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission
The Sanctity of Family Life and Values February, 2003 Written by Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission