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Latin American Synod Seeks Better Catholic-jewish Relations

Better relations between Catholics and Jews was the theme of the first Synod of the Roman Catholic Church to take place in Latin America since the Ecumenical Council in Rome. A commission made up of high officials of the church and representatives of the Chilean Jewish community was established to consider revision of Catholic school textbooks and to stress the positive role of Israel.

After the adoption of a resolution calling for the formation of the commission, Chilean newspapers carried front-page headlines marking the event as a gain in Catholic-Jewish relations. The Government newspaper, La Nacion, called for increased public information, church sermons and textbook revision to sustain these relations “on a newer and higher plateau.”

High church officials at the Synod included Raul Silva Cardinal Henriquez, Archbishop of Santiago, and a number of foreign delegates.

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