Rabbi Rosen to Address Vatican Nostra Aetate Celebration
October 24, 2005 – New York – Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s international director of interreligious affairs, will be the Jewish speaker at the official Vatican celebration of the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. The event will take place on October 27 at the Vatican.
“As we celebrate this revolutionary transformation in the Catholic Church’s teaching about Jews, Judaism and Israel, we must urge that these teachings become an essential component of the training of priests,” said Rabbi Rosen. “Nostra Aetate must be woven more profoundly into the fabric of the Church.”
Also addressing the Vatican celebration will be Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jewry, and Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the former Archbishop of Paris.
In his presentation Rabbi Rosen, who also is President of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), will focus on Vatican-Israel relations, especially the significance of the recently established Bilateral Commission for Dialogue between the Vatican and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Rosen, who is based at the AJC’s Jerusalem office, will be honored with the Mt. Zion Award 2005 on the occasion of the Nostra Aetate anniversary. The award will be presented by Cardinal Kasper on November 3 at the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.
Prior to the award Rabbi Rosen and Cardinal Kasper will be participating in the Hebrew University’s conference marking the Nostra Aetate anniversary. AJC is a cosponsor of the conference.