In these challenging times, we need symbols of hope.
I just attended an event sponsored by Saint Leo University and the American Jewish Committee. The focus was on the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, which they jointly created.
Imagine: Catholics and Jews getting together to increase mutual understanding and respect.
That might not have happened a while back.
But in 1965, the Second Vatican Council changed Catholic teaching and opened a new era in relations with the Jews.
Since then, much has occurred. Some observers say there's been more progress in Catholic-Jewish ties in the last 40 years than the previous 1900.
AJC has been involved in this worldwide effort, joined by like-minded Catholic partners.
While proud of our respective religious faiths, we recognize the need to break down barriers and build friendships.
In today's world, religion too often divides. The close link between Saint Leo University and AJC offers a symbol of the hope we need.
This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.