John Paul II's Greetings to American Jewish Committee

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 5, 2004 ( Here are the words of greeting that John Paul II addressed today to members of the American Jewish Committee.

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Distinguished Friends,

With affection I greet you, the members of the American Jewish Committee, as you come to the Vatican. It is with gratitude that I recall your 1985 visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the conciliar declaration «Nostra Aetate,» which has so significantly contributed to the strengthening of Jewish-Catholic relations.

As we now approach the 40th anniversary of this historic document, there is regrettably a great need to repeat our utter condemnation of racism and anti-Semitism. Violence in the name of religion is always a desecration to religion. Countering this alarming trend requires that together we stress the importance of religious education which promotes respect and love towards others.

In these days our attention remains drawn to the Holy Land which continues to be afflicted by violence and suffering. It is my fervent prayer that a just solution will be found which respects the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Upon all of you, I invoke the gift of peace. «Shalom aleichem.»

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