Menu JTA Search

News Brief

A key Vatican official suggested that a controversial prayer for the conversion of Jews could be dropped from the reintroduced Latin-language rite. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of state at the Vatican and the most senior official after Pope Benedict XVI, said at a news conference that “we could simply study” the possibility of substituting the prayer. He had been asked about the pope’s recent decree allowing a wider use of the old Latin prayerbook that was phased out after the reforms of the so-called Second Vatican Council. The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement that it was pleased the Vatican was listening to its concerns. “We hope that Cardinal Bertone’s public conjectures will shortly result in putting Catholic-Jewish relations back to the positive mode we were in before all this,” National Director Abraham Foxman said.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund