Wojtyła-Jean-Paul II et le Judaïsme

JPII AND THE JUDAISM



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Homage to JPII by several jewish organisations /
Hommage de diverses organisations juives au travail effectue par JPII


- par l'ADL /by ADL (Anti Defamation League) PDF file
- par le Boston College (center for Christian Jewish learning) PDF file
- par le Comite Juif Americain (by The Jewish American Committee) PDF file
- by The Pave The Way Foundation PDF file and PDF file + videos

Picture Description - Photos de JPII

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Pope John Paul II (C-back)reads a speech in front of some 160 rabbis, members of the New York-based 'Pave the Way Foundation', during an audience at the Vatican, 18 January 2005. 'May this be an occasion for renewed commitment to increased understanding and cooperation, in the service of building a world ever more firmly based on respect for the divine image in every human being,' John Paul II said.

"VATICAN CITY - JANUARY 17: John Paul II sits with emeritus Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff (3rd-L) during the 'Concert of Reconciliation' at the Paul VI Hall January 17, 2004 in Vatican City. The concert, for religious peace, has been conducted by the Maestro Gilbert Levine with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a choir of members from London, Krakow and Ankara Philharmonic.

VATICAN, VATICAN CITY STATE: Pope John Paul II receives a gift from the Grand Rabbi of the Ashkenazis, Yona Metzger (R), and his Sephardic counterpart, Shlomo Amar, 16 January 2004 in his private appartments at the Vatican. Israel's two grand rabbis asked the Pope to use his influence to put an end to terrorism 'which hits the innocent and puts reconciliation in jeopardy'. The official dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel 'is a sign of great hope' for the two religions, Pope John Paul II said. He added 'We must spare no effort in working together to build a world of justice, peace and reconciliation for all peoples.'

VATICAN, VATICAN CITY STATE: Rabbi Marvin Hier (C), head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, hands a prize to Pope John Paul II , 01 December 2003 at the Vatican, during a private audience. The Pope received the price for his activity in the relationship between Jews and Christians.

VATICAN, VATICAN CITY STATE: Rabbi Marvin Hier (L), surrounded by members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, talks with Pope John Paul II , 01 December 2003 at the Vatican, during a private audience. The Pope received a price for his activity in the relationship between Jews and Christians.

ASSISI, ITALY: Pope John Paul II prays with a rabbi 24 January 2002 in Assisi. Pope John Paul II hosted some 200 leaders of world faiths here on a pilgrimage of peace he said was aimed at 'fending off the dark clouds of terrorism' and conflit.

JERUSALEM: Palestinian Muslim cleric Sheikh Tatzir Tamimi (C) walks in front of Pope John Paul II and Chief Rabbi Israel Lau (L) during an interfaith meeting at Notre Dame in Jerusalem 23 March 2000. Lau and Tamimi issued stinging, rival claims to Jerusalem during the forum with the pontiff, which was designed to promote religious reconciliation.

JERUSALEM:Pope John Paul II (C) speaks to Rabbi Meir Lau (L), the head of the Ashkenazi Jews, as the Sephardic chief rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron looks on during the pope's visit to the Hechal Shlomo world center for Jewish heritage in Jerusalem 23 March 2000, ahead of his landmark visit to Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial

ROME, ITALY: Pope John Paul II (L) shakes hands with Israel's Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau 21 September 1993 at the pontiff's summer residence near Rome. Lau said afterwards that a pontifical visit to Jerusalem was 'approaching.'

Pope John Paul II is surrounded by local representants of different religions, 12 September 2003 in Banska Bystrica, 230 kilometres northeast of the Slovakian capital Bratislava during his four days visit in Slovakia.

December 17, 2004 ? Pope John Paul II greeted a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to the Vatican with a prayer for an end to racism and assurances that the "close bonds of friendship" between Catholics and Jews would continue."The Catholic Church and the Jewish people continue to enjoy close bonds of friendship," Pope John Paul told the ADL delegation led by Barbara B. Balser, National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, National Director. Also in attendance was Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, Director of Interfaith Affairs.

12. It's been nearly fifteen years, but Rabbi Mordecai Waxman still gets a kick out of the now-famous picture every time he sees it. In 1987, he was Chairman of the International Jewish Commission for Interreligious Consultation and had successfully negotiated Pope John Paul II's visit to Miami's Jewish community. By the next morning, the photo documenting the historic meeting was on the front page of newspapers all over the world. Rabbi Mordecai Waxman, interfaith dialogue pioneer, addresses the Miami Jewish community, as Pope John Paul II listens intently. Recalling details of the day, which fell on a Friday in September, the Rabbi said the Pope wished the audience, "Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah." Afterwards, the Pope confided that he was worried about his Hebrew accent. "Intent comes from the heart, not from the lips," Rabbi Waxman reassured him. http://www.jtsa.edu/about/communications/pubs/bestof/cl.shtml

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Pope John Paul II visited Australia twice during his long pontificate, in 1986 receiving a delegation from the Australian Jewish commmunity at St Mary's Cathedral, and in January 1995 met Jewish representatives at an interfaith function in Sydney's Domain. The featured photo was taken in 1986, and shows John Paul II being presented with a Haggadah and Australian Genesis,a book on the origins of the Australian Jewish community. The Jewish delegation was headed by Leslie Caplan (on the right of the Pope in this photo) president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.* Also pictured are Archbishop (later Cardinal) Clancy (from left), the Vatican Head of State Cardinal Casaroli, Rabbi Raymond Apple, Professor Graham de Vahl Davis and Robert Zablud. Not pictured are Mark Leibler (Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council national chairman) (partially obscured), Isi Leibler, Malvina Malinek, president of the National Council of Jewish Women and Jeremy Jones (foreground at right).
When Pope John Paul II visited Australia again in 1995, his good memory for faces and names stood him in good stead, and he recognised Jeremy Jones (pictured with his back to the camera (right front)). Jeremy Jones was the only Australian Jew to have met the pontiff twice in an official capacity - in 1986, as the Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director, and in 1995 as its vice-president.
The previous Pope, Paul VI visited Australia in late November 1970, his tour in Sydney being arranged by the late Sir Asher Joel. During his stay, as his successor had done, he met with a delegation of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, who included Rabbi Israel Porush, Rabbi of the Great Synagogue (1940-1972), Rabbi Rudolph Brasch (Temple Emanuel), Harry Goldstein (President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies) and Gerald Falk (President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry). The latter was the son of Rabbi Leib Aisack Falk of the Great Synagogue, who designed the silver menorah that still stands before the bimah in the synagogue. The library that bears his name is part of the synagogue collection and contains many rare items of Judaica. Pope Benedict XVI is continuing the previous Pope's good relations with the Jewish community and with Muslims, having visited a synagogue in Germany and a mosque already in his term of office since 19th April 2005.
http://judaica.library.usyd.edu.au/photoexhibit/photographs/exhibit10/Exhibit10.htm

Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, meeting with Pope in 2001 http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0104/catholic_jewish_conference.php3

Katz a.k.a "pope" John Paul II shown smiling with members of B'nai B'rith (Jewish Freemasons) March 22, 1984

Pope visits Israeli memorial for Holocaust victims Thursday, 23 March 2000 21:54 Pope John Paul, who is visiting Israel, has said the Catholic Church is deeply saddened by the hatred and acts of persecution directed against the Jews by Christians. The Pontiff was speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

16th Meeting - Vatican City - March 23-26, 1998. Members of the 16th ILC meeting with Pope John Paul II. International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/research/cjl/Documents/ilc.htm

Russ Berrie and other Jewish leaders meet Pope John Paul II in Rome http://www.russellberriefoundation.org/initiative_jr_ciu.php

Yaffa Eliach is a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies and a professor emeritus of history and literature in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, with areas of specialty in Eastern European history, Russian intellectual history, Holocaust studies, and Hasidism. She is founder of the first Center for Holocaust Studies in the United States and also president and founder of the Shtetl Foundation, which is building of a full-size replica of a typical East-European shtetl in Rishon Le-Zion, Israel. On how she came to know Pope John Paul II: Thirty years ago I was working on my book, Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust, when I first learned of a Polish priest who refused to baptize Jewish children because he said it wasn?t right?these children should be allowed to remain Jewish. That Polish priest became Pope John Paul II. I telephoned him, saying it was very urgent to confirm this story. I told the [Vatican officials] I could speak to the Pope in Polish. And I did write about John Paul II in my book; it?s on page 142. I was in touch with him for many years.
On how she got an audience with the Pope: For years I was so interested in the Pope?s relationship with Jews. I had collected so many photos. So while I was a visiting professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, I decided to put together an exhibit about this aspect of his life, ?A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.? In October 2004, I got to present the Pope with details about the exhibit, along with a box containing the music of Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky, a favorite of his, and an oil portrait. He kissed my hand. He said to me, ?I can speak because you are praying for me to the Jewish God.? It was so magnificent for us. It was also an important historical time because this was the first Pope break the chain of painful history between Catholics and Jews; he was the first to enter a synagogue in 2000 years; and he was the first Pope to establish diplomatic relations with the State of Israel. I liked him so much. He was so outstanding.
http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/spotlite/news/index.php?link=090105

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II, meeting an international group of rabbis and cantors, urged continuing efforts to promote Jewish-Catholic dialogue and respect for every person. "This year we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration 'Nostra Aetate,' which has significantly contributed to the strengthening of Jewish-Catholic dialogue," the pope told the group, which came to Rome under the auspices of the U.S.-based Pave the Way Foundation. The group of 130 rabbis and cantors, accompanied by about 30 Catholic friends, was the largest group of Jewish leaders ever to travel to the Vatican to meet the pope, said Salesian Father Norbert Hofmann, secretary of the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews. January 18, 2005

Alan Rose, then Canadian Jewish Congress Executive Vice-President, greets Pope John Paul II in Montreal, September 10, 1984. At centre is Bernard J. Finestone, then CJC Quebec Region officer.

Avec Yitzhak Rabin en mars 1994.

Commendatore Gary Krupp KCSG, President of Pave the Way, addresses Pope John Paul II in the largest Jewish audience in history, in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace January 18, 2005 http://www.ptwf.org/Projects/MissionToVatican/PhotoPage1.htm

Video : http://www.barhama.com/PAVETHEWAY/GK.html Krupp's speech to JPII. His concluding words : "Thank you, thank you, thank you, Shalom, Shalom, Shalom". Discours de Krupp a JPII. Ses derniers mots : "Merci, merci, merci, Shalom, Shalom, Shalom".
Video : http://www.barhama.com/PAVETHEWAY/pope.html JPII responding to Krupp. His final words : "Shalom, Shalom, Shalom". JPII repondant a Krupp. Ses derniers mots : "Shalom, Shalom, Shalom".
Video : http://www.barhama.com/PAVETHEWAY/rabbis.html Three rabbis blessing JPII. Trois rabbins benissant JPII.
Video : http://www.barhama.com/PAVETHEWAY/people.html

Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Rabbi Jack Bemporad bestow the Priestly Blessing upon Pope John Paul II

Pope greets Meredith Krupp, Elliot Hershberg, Chairman of Pave the Way and receives a gift from Pave the Way
http://www.ptwf.org/Projects/MissionToVatican/Index.htm


Pope John Paul II greeted a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to the Vatican in April 14 2004 with a prayer for an end to racism and assurances that the "close bonds of friendship" between Catholics and Jews would continue. Relations between the ADL, Israel and the Vatican had been improving.

Meeting with the Chief Rabbis with the Pope at Hekhal Shelomo, Jerusalem Greetings by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau Jerusalem, 23 March 2000

Assise Janvier 2002

Rabbi Shook makes presentation to Pope, on behalf of Interfaith Community during 1999 Papal Visit. Congregation Temple Israel .
http://www.ti-stl.org/dev/site/Leadership/001_Professional_Staff.cfm

Rabbi Ben Isaacson, with Pope John Paul II

Right: Mellon leans in to address the Pope, conveying the purpose behind the creation of the bust. St. Peter Square, Vatican City, October 24, 2001. Below: The bust is presented to the Holy Father. Pictured from r. to l. are Marc Mellon, sculptor; Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, President of Sacred Heart University; Pope John Paul II; and Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz.

Pope John Paul II meets with Rabbi R. E. Taoffa to celebrate 50 years of the State of Israel - Note the Special Israel 98 Overprint

June 11, 1999 On one of his visits to Poland, John Paul II is lectured by chief rabbi Menachem Joskowicz, who demands that he remove the last cross from Auchwitz

Georges Schnek Professeur honoraire a  l'Universite Libre de Bruxelles. President du Musee Juif de Belgique.

Avec le Pape Jean-Paul II, 1980 le Grand Rabbin Kaplan http://judaisme.sdv.fr/histoire/rabbins/kaplan/besancon/bes3.htm

Loup (au centre) lors de la visite du Pape Jean-Paul II (qui serre la main du Grand Rabbin Gutman) à Strasbourg, le 9 octobre 1988
http://judaisme.sdv.fr/perso/dirige/loup/loup2.htm

http://www.bc.edu/research/cjl/meta-elements/texts/cjrelations/resources/education/John_Paul_2_memorial/JP2_introduction.htm

Rotarian Sir Sigmund Sternberg, one of London?s richest and smartest men, is on a mission to end religious hatred.
A short list of Sternberg's achievements includes engineering Pope John Paul II's first visit to a Jewish synagogue, in 1986, and helping launch Rotary in Eastern Europe a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1976, and so did the Pope in 1985, making him one of the first Jewish papal knights.
http://www.rotary.org/newsroom/features/0602_fr_faith.html

Le 12 decembre 1985, ANDRE CHOURAQUI rencontre en audience privée le Pape Jean-Paul II auquel il remet, avec la Bible, une note verbale sur les relations entre le Saint Siège et l'Etat d'Israël qui ne demeurera pas sans écho. http://www.andrechouraqui.com/biog/cv.htm

Rabbi David Rosen AJC Executive audience with Pope John Paul II February, 2004

Rabbi David Rosen Vatican Day of Prayer for Peace Assisi, January 1993 Pope John Paul II Cardinal Roger Etchegaray Cardinal Edward Cassidy

Pope John Paul II Convenes Day of World Prayer for Peace Assisi, January 2002

John Paul II ordered a special cope to wear for the opening of the millennium ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica. The colors of the vestment were chosen to "represent the Temple of Jerusalem," according to Vatican sources. Yet another symbolic concession to Judaism by a conciliar Pope.
Inside the Vatican magazine (February 2000, p. 12) reported the fact: "This year John Paul chose special colors to highlight the uniqueness of the bi-millennial Jubilee. On Christmas Eve, he wore a holy mantle the likes of which had never before been seen in St. Peter's! Its colors were flashy blues, reds, and golds - representing the Temple of Jerusalem, according to Vatican sources."

En Marzo de 1995 Emilie Schindler, esposa de Oskar Schindler, viajó al Vaticano para encontrarse con Su Santidad el Papa Juan Pablo II. La acompañaron Oscar Vicente y Baruj Tenembaum.(fondation Wallenberg)

El Papa Juan Pablo II recibió a Baruj Tenembaum en El Vaticano en 1995
Al concluir la labor realizada por la Comisión Roncalli, organizada por la Fundación Internacional Raoul Wallenberg e Interamérica Interfé, con la colaboración de los historiadores Standford Shaw, Turquía; Yoav Tenembaum, Oxford; David Kranzler, USA; los Rabinos Arthur Herzberg y Simón Moguilevsky, y autoridades teológicas encabezadas por el Prof. Renée Chouraqui y por el grupo de estudiosos que en Jerusalem coordinó el Rabino Mario Ablin, acordaron en difundir las conclusiones "que sorprenderán a todo el mundo, al descubrir que el Nuncio Roncalli, al igual que Raoul Wallenberg merece ser presentado como modelo para nuestra juventud que tendrá un impacto en todo el globo" - declaró el creador de las instituciones patrocinadoras y de este proyecto, Sr. Baruj Tenembaum.

The very first "Papal" audience that John Paul II gave was to the Jewish Kluger family, whom he has never tried to convert to Catholicism.

Antipope John Paul II's best friend, Jerzy Kluger, is a Jew. Antipope John Paul II has never tried to convert Kluger. In fact, Kluger has said that John Paul II has not given him the slightest indication that he wants to convert him. Kluger credits his life-long relationship with John Paul II with "making him feel more Jewish." As a youth, Antipope John Paul II played Soccer goalie on the Jewish squad against the Catholics.

On March 23, 2000 John Paul II visited Jerusalem's "Holocaust" Memorial. Above we see him lighting the flame of remembrance and giving a speech in which he made an other apology. Below we see the wreath that he gave to pay homage to the Jews. All of this is a total denial of Jesus Christ and the necessity of the Catholic Faith for salvation.

Here Antipope John Paul II enters the Jewish Synagogue in Rome in 1986. Notice how he and the Rabbi are greeting each other as if they were long-lost best friends. During his stay at the Synagogue, Antipope John Paul II bowed his head as the Jews prayed for the Coming of their "Messiah." Antipope John Paul II has repeatedly denied the dogma defined by the Council of Florence (that the Old Covenant has ceased and cannot be observed without the loss of salvation) by stating that that Old Covenant is still valid, and therefore that Jews can be saved without conversion to Christ.

John Paul rests his hand on the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem in 2000. The pontiff visited the three holy sites of Temple Mount, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

http://www.bc.edu/research/cjl/meta-elements/texts/cjrelations/resources/documents/catholic/johnpaulii/westernwall.htm MINISTER MELCHIOR'S SPEECH TO POPE JOHN PAUL II AT WESTERN WALL This is Minister for Israeli Society and Jewish Communities, Rabbi Michael Melchior's speech welcoming Pope John Paul II to the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 26, 2000.

Miniature Yom HaShoah Menorah presented to Pope John Paul II - April, 1999.
http://www.iicgl.com
Through Academic exchanges, educational conferences, media outreach, Interreligious Information Center (IIC) develops projects and activities to enhance greater understanding of faiths in our society. We have conducted conferences to enhance media coverage of religion, consultations at the Vatican, Middle East and other areas, opened explorations with priest, rabbis and laity on intermarriage and created a greater awareness of the holocaust via the YOM HASHOAH MENORAH placement program in the Vatican and other Catholic Centers.
April 13, 1999 Catholic and Jewish leaders came together today in Rome. The first Holocaust memorial to be placed on Vatican property permanently was presented to Pope John Paul II today. The 4-foot-tall Menorah was blessed and placed in a corner of the courtyard of the Pontifical North American College of Rome , a seminary that, while standing outside of St. Peter's, is Vatican property. The original idea for the menorah came from Gunther Lawrence, executive director of the Inter-religious Information Center of New York City. Mr. Lawrence, who concieved of the Holocaust memorial three years ago and persuaded Israeli artist Aharon Bezalel, to execute it, said the sculpture speaks for itself. Esh is very proud to be involved in the creation of such a monumental sculpture.
http://www.esh-casting.com/artists/aharonbezalel/AB_Menora_Vat.html


1983 Accompanied by a Wiesenthal Center delegation, which included survivors of the Holocaust, Rabbi Hier dialogued with Pope John Paul II.

POPE JOHN PAUL II EXAMINING A BOOK TO BE PRESENTED IN THE VATICAN TO P.M. SHIMON PERES. BESIDE HIM ARE HIS MEDIA ADVISER URI SAVIR AND OFFICE DIR.-GEN. AVRAHAM TAMIR. 19/02/1985

P.M. YITZHAK RABIN MEETING IN THE VATICAN WITH POPE JOHN PAUL II AND PRESENTING HIM WITH AN ANCIENT CLAY VASE. AT LEFT, P.M.'S OFFICE DIRECTOR GENERAL SHIMON SHEVES. 17/03/1994

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II IN ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, A GENERAL VIEW OF THE POPE VISITING "OHEL YIZKOR" AT THE "YAD VASHEM" HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM. 23/03/2000 THE POPE LIGHTING A TORCH AT "OHEL YIZKOR" IN THE "YAD VASHEM" HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM.

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, THE POPE MEETING THE CHIEF RABBI'S OF ISRAEL, YISRAELLAU & ELIYAHU BAKSHI DORON AT "HEICHAL SHLOMO" IN JERUSALEM

GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICE PHOTOGRAPHER MOSHE MILNER, PRESENTING POPE JOHN PAUL II WITH HIS BOOK "JESUS 2000", AT THE VATICAN. 04/03/1999

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, SINGER YORAM GAON PERFORMING AT THE RECEPTION CEREMONY HELD IN HONOR OF THE POPE AT "BEIT HANASSI", JRSLM.

P.M. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (L) PRESENTING POPE JOHN PAUL II WITH A GIFT FOLLOWING THEIR MEETING IN THE VATICAN IN ROME, WHILE SARA NETANYAHU 03/02/1997

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, THE POPE CONDUCTING MASS AT KORAZIM. 24/03/2000 (voir la croix du siege de jipitou)

THE POPE DELIVERING A SPEECH AT "OHEL YIZKOR" IN THE "YAD VASHEM" HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM

THE VISIT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, THE POPE ATTENDING A CONFERENCE OF THE 3 MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS AT "NOTRE DAME", JERUSALEM. ON THE L, RABBI LAU. AMOS BEN GERSHOM 23/03/2000

L'Alliance israélite universelle s'est préoccupée du dialogue judéo-chrétien au plus haut niveau. Son president est Ady Steg ici en compagnie de JPII.


 

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