Jewish Relations

Resources for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

Jewish man reads from the Torah

On this page, the Bishops' Conference Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations has collected together a selection of resources to help facilitate dialogue and goodwill between Christians and Jews in our local communities.


Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.
Good Friday liturgy

O God, help us to respect and love your people the Jews.
To pray for them and their needs, and to work with them to further your kingdom.

Nostra Aetate Downloads

Despite being published over forty years ago, this Vatican document lays down principles that are as relevant today as ever - especially with the ongoing tension in the Middle East and around the world. Section 4 is of particular relevance to Catholic-Jewish relations.

Nostra Aetate - Section 4 367.48 kB
The Vatican Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions

Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing Nostra Aetate 407.46 kB
Practical guidance and concrete suggestions for fraternal dialogue

Building on Nostra Aetate: Christian-Jewish Dialogue 433.86 kB
Cardinal Kurt Koch's lecture charting the historical developments in Catholic-Jewish dialogue made possible by the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate. Cardinal Koch is the Head of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews.

External Resources

The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible
24 May 2001
Pontifical Biblical Commission

Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church
24 June 1985
Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah
16 March 1998
Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
Jewish-Christian Relations website with a comprehensive resource section on Catholic/Jewish statements