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Prelate Predicts Ecumencal Council Approval of Document on Jews

Archbishop George Hakim, head of the Greek Catholic Community in Israel, expressed the belief today that the draft declaration on Catholic-Jewish relations would receive final approval at the fourth and last session of the Ecumenical Council opening on September 14. A strong document, explicitly denying any guilt for the Jewish people, past and present, in the death of Jesus was provisionally approved by an overwhelming majority at the close of the Council’s third session last winter.

Archbishop Hakim, who will leave this week for the final session at the Vatican said that the document would probably be amended somewhat but that the “essence of the satisfactory text adopted last year will be maintained.”