Young Jewish, Catholic leaders meet


ROME (JTA) — About 50 young Jewish and Catholic leaders gathered near Rome at a conference sponsored by Vatican and Jewish interfaith bodies.

Some 25 Jewish and 25 Catholic delegates from a number of countries are taking part in what organizers are calling the "first Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference to promote and facilitate the next generation of leadership in Catholic-Jewish relations."

Hosted by the Vatican and convened by the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, "Discovering Common Values: a Catholic-Jewish Leadership Conference" is taking place at Pope Benedict XVI’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

The program, which ends Thursday, includes seminars about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, training sessions for Catholic-Jewish engagement, and discussion on issues facing Catholics and Jews today.

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