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One Christian Perspective On Land And The State Of Israel

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College
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  • Political Science
  • Religious Science


Microsoft Word - 154049-text.native.1234902321.doc Henrix, Good Friday Prayer in Europe Henrix 1 Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations A peer-reviewed e-journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations Published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College The Controversy Surrounding the 2008 Good Friday Prayer in Europe: The Discussion and its Theological Implications Hans Hermann Henr i x Catholic Academy of the Aachen Diocese, Germany Volume 3 (2008) Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations Volume 3 (2008): Henrix 1-19 Henrix, Good Friday Prayer in Europe Henrix 2 Good Friday of the year 2008 has a unique place in the history of Catholic-Jewish relations. The Good Friday prayer “for the Jews” that was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI and published in a note from the Secretariat of State on February 4, 2008 triggered significant controversy affecting Catholic-Jewish relations. The 2008 text of the intercession reads: Let us pray for the Jews. That our God and Lord enlighten their hearts so that they recognize Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. Arise. Eternal God Almighty, you want all people to be saved and to arrive at the knowledge of the Truth. Graciously grant that when the fullness of nations enters your Church, all Israel will be saved. Through Christ our Lord.1 Both the way the publication and communication were handled and the theological implications of the intercession generated this controversy. This article records the basic themes of the European discussion on this matter, reporting on the political dialogue accompanying the controversy. It will als

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