Sacks tells pope: Jewish-Christian ties in Britain are stellar


(JTA) — Following an audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Britain’s chief rabbi described relations between Christians and Jews in his country “as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in an interview with Vatican Radio following his meeting with the pope on Monday said Benedict had raised the issue of the state of Christian-Jewish relations.

The pope “continually wanted to know how was that state of relationship in Britain, where in fact, of course, it’s as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world,” Sacks said.

He said the pope also wanted “to reaffirm his belief in our shared belief in the God of Abraham, our shared commitment to the Ten Commandments and our shared belief that society must have a spiritual dimension.”

Sacks said that he and the pope were both "very concerned obviously with the soul of Europe. I mean Europe was built on Judeo-Christian foundations.”

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