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U.S. Bishops Conference Names New Moderator for Catholic-jewish Relations

The upcoming fifth anniversary of the Vatican’s renunciation of the concept of collective Jewish guilt for the death of Jesus was emphasized today by Msgr. Francis Mugavero. Bishop of Brooklyn and newly designated moderator of the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He spoke at a reception in his honor in the offices of the American Jewish Committee, where he called for mutual efforts to erase anti-Semitism. The reception was one of a series of observances planned by the AJ Committee to mark the promulgation of the Vatican proclamation in October, 1965. The series will include a seminar at the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. South Orange, N.J. Oct. 25-28. Msgr. Mugavero was welcomed today by Morris B. Abram, honorary AJ Committee president, and by Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, national director for interreligious affairs, who presented him with a Bible.

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