Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Resources for Teaching and Preaching the Passion

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College announces a multi-media curriculum for congregational interfaith dialogue

Walking God's Paths
Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation

Produced for:
National Council of Synagogues
Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, USCCB

A Select Bibliography of Catholic Documents and Statements on Interreligious Relations
Compiled by: Fr. David C. Michael, Associate Director for Interreligious Relations
Archdiocese of Boston Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Guidelines for Dramatizing the Passion of the Lord
Summary prepared by Ms. Celia Sirois

Resources for Preaching and Teaching the Passion of the Lord
Some Thoughts on Presenting the Passion of the Lord
By Rev. David C. Michael, Associate Director, Archdiocese of Boston Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Prayers of Petition for the Church concerning interreligious relations during the anniversary year of Nostra Aetate.
These Prayers of Petition were adapted from various official texts for use during the Archdiocese of Boston's observance of the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II "Declaration on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions" (Nostra Aetate).

Statement on the Liturgical Proclamation of the Passion
The message of the liturgy in proclaiming the passion narratives in full is to enable the assembly to see vividly the love of Christ for each person, despite their sins, a love that even death could not vanquish. The crimes during the Passion of Christ cannot be attributed indiscriminately to all Jews of that time, nor to Jews today. The Jewish people should not be referred to as though rejected or cursed, as if this view followed from Scripture. The Church ever keeps in mind that Jesus, his mother Mary, and the Apostles all were Jewish. As the Church has always held, Christ freely suffered his passion and death because of the sins of all, that all might be saved.
- Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Suggested General Intercession for the Easter Vigil[1]
Grateful for our roots in biblical Israel,
and mindful that Jesus was an authentic son of Israel,[2]
We pray tonight in a special way for the Jewish people,
Our elder brothers and sisters in covenant with God:[3]
That our peoples may be a blessing for each other and for the whole world;[4]
Let us pray to the Lord.

Teaching About Passover and the Seder – Some Things to Consider
Summary by Ms. Celia Sirois

The Bible, the Jews and the Passion
Eugene J. Fisher (America, Feb. 16, 2004)

Documentary "I am Joseph Your Brother"
During the 1960s, Pope John XXIII met with a delegation of Jews and said, "I am Joseph Your Brother." This was the beginning of a new relationship between Jews and Catholics.

Inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul II to Israel in the year 2000, the documentary "I am Joseph Your Brother" assesses and reflects on the changes that have occurred in the often difficult and turbulent relationship that has existed for centuries between Jews and Christians, Judaism and Catholicism, and more recently, between the State of Israel and the Vatican.

ADL online guide: Nostra Aetate: Transforming the Catholic-Jewish Relationship.
( includes essays by some of the world's leading Jewish-Catholic interfaith experts who analyze the history and significance of Nostra Aetate, ( as well as a practical "how-to" guide on teaching the lessons of Nostra Aetate to new generations of Catholics and Jews.

SIDIC: "Service International de Documentation Judeo-Chretienne"
High quality information, documents and book reviews pertaining to Jewish-Christian Relations. Published by the SIDIC center in Rome.

The Catholic Church and the Jewish People: Recent Reflections from Rome.
Edited by Philip A. Cunningham, Norbert J. Hofmann, S.D.B., and Joseph Sievers.
Published by Fordham University Press, November, 2007.

Prepared to mark the fortieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, this new book provides a convenient snapshot of the relationship between Catholics and Jews as it has unfolded in official encounters. This collection of essays originated as a lecture series at the Pontifical Gregorian Univeristy in Rome that was organized by two of the volume's co-editors, Nobert Hofmann, Secretary of the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and Joseph Sievers, Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Gregorian. The third co-editor, Philip Cunningham, oversaw the translations and edited the lectures for an English readership. Contributors to the book include Vatican leaders, prominent rabbis and diplomats, and scholars of Christian-Jewish relations. The articles consider the long-term and short-term histories of relations between the two peoples, explore various facets of a Catholic theology of Judaism, and provide for the first time an up-to-date compendium of the statements from an ongoing dialogue between the Vatican and the Israeli Rabbinate. Areas of agreement and subjects that cause tensions are both discussed. The collection is recommended for clergy, educators, and anyone concerned about the new and evolving rapprochement between Jews and Catholics.