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June 07, 1963 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-06-07

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Pope John's Memory Honored by World Jewry

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Council. By that he courage-
Several Popes had expressed-. ously demonstrated that he was
interest in Jews, but none a strong Pope who believed in
matched Pope John XXIII in • recognizing the rights of all
embodying that interest in spe- men to worship the one God of
cific acts. As Archbishop Angelo us all. His interest in universal
Roncalli, he was apostolic dele- good-will at once made a big
gate to Greece and Turkey, footprint in the sands of time.
based in Istanbul, during World
"As a Rabbi, I followed the
War II. When told of the plight Ecumenical Council with keen
of several thousand Jews, in- interest, for I realized that
cluding a number of children, some issues discussed were vital
slated for deportation to death to Christian - Jewish relation-
at Auschwitz, he instantly made ships. Pope John took a fresh
available thousands of baptismal look at the Catholic-Jewish con-
certificates for use for the frontation. He made possible
doomed Jews, without condi- "dialogues" b e t w e e n priests,
tions. Thus thousands were ministers and rabbis that never
saved from the Nazi furnaces. before occurred. The example
Early in his papacy, he or- of his personal life was touch-
dered the elimination from the ing."
* *
Good Friday liturgy of the ref-
erence to "perfidious Jews,"
which he knew was offensive ident Zalman S'hazar, in a cable
to Jews and which, it was un- to the Vatican Tuesday declared
derstood, he considered not a that the people of Israel and
doctrinal matter but a carry- he personally joined in the
over from the polemical history "heavy grief" of the Catholic
of the past.
world over the death of Pope
He had strong personal feel- John XXIII.
ings about the need to remove
"The Pope's life was conse-
the bases of animosity and hos- crated to the advancement of
tility between religious commun- mutual understanding and the
ities, particularly in regard to establishment of world peace,"
Jews, who, he was known to the President declared. "The
feel, had a special role in "sal- Pope's positive measures to
vation history." This was re- eradicate hatred will be en-
flected again during the recent graved as a testimonial of his
Good Friday when, according to attitude toward Jews and will
press reports, the celebrant of live in the memory of our peo-
the mass at the Vatican, either ple."
from habit or through use of a
missal not brought up-to-date,
again made a reference to
"perfidious Jews." The Pope tonal Communty Relations Ad-
halted the service and had it re- visory Council which formulates
peated in its entirety, with that the policy for national congre-
reference omitted.
gations and organization as well
Removed Animosity
as for 64 regional and local
This attitude was exemplified Jewish councils throughout—is-
again when, in January, 1959, sued a statement declaring that
he appointed Cardinal Bea as Pope Pohn's death "is a loss
president of the secretariat for not only to the church that he
promoting Christian unity for headed with such grace com-
the Ecumenical Council. Car- passion and wisdom but to the
dinal Bea's commission has with- w o r 1 d." The statement was
in it a smaller group with
specific responsibilities to im-
prove relations between Catho-
lics and Jews by removing
inherited doctrinal sources of
animosity through changes in
Catholic teachings and liturgy.
The Pope was known to have
been kept acquainted with every-
thing this commission wos doing.
and Cardinal Bea consistently
had strong support from the
Pope for the work of this com-
His assistance to Jewish res-
cue missions earned him con-
gratulations on his election as
Pope from the then Chief
Rabbi of Israel, Dr. Herzog. He
received further praise in Oc-
tober 1960, when he gave an aud-
ience to 130 members of the
United Jewish Appeal, who pre-
sented him with a scroll. He
said to them in greeting, "I am
Joseph,. your brother," a ref-
erence to the Old Testament
story of Joseph.

America. and Mrs. Joseph Wil- over the Pope's death. Jewish
len, president of the National newspapers in Argentina
stressed the Pope's popularity
Council of Jewish Women.
with Jews and his friendly atti-
signed by Lewis H. Weinstein,
toward Jews.
NCRAC chairman.
The World Council of Syna- sages of condolence from Bel-
gogues, which has affiliates in gain Jewry on the death of Pope
26 countries, cabled • a message John XXIII were conveyed in
to the Vatican stating "Pope cables sent by the Central Jew-
John's saintly insights into the ish Consistory of Belgium to
needs and responsibilities of Cardinal Cicognani in Rome
men everywhere have estab- and to the Apostolic Nuncio in
lished him as one of one of the Belgium. -
giants of good will in modern
history meriting the age old
Let Ohrenstein
Jewish designation of "right- DATA, central body of Argen-
eous of all nations reserved for tine Jewry, declared in a mes-
Be Your Guide !
those who demonstrate by their sage that the Argentine Jewish
lives and deeds their supreme community, "which followed
with deep anxiety the news of
love for God and man."
From the Finest
Messages of mourning were the illness of Pope John XXIII,
of Gold Charm
issued by Rabbi Avraham N. joins in the general grief over
Avrutick, president of the Rab- his death." The message, sent
binical Council of America, the to Msgr, Humberto Mozzoni, the
orthodox Rabbinical Associa_lApostolic Nuncio, expressed the
tion; Dore Schary, chairman of ' belief that "Pope John's glori-
the Anti Defamation League of ous memory, founded on work
Bnai Brith, Dr. Nelson Glueck, of the highest religious and hu-
president of Hebrew Union Col- manistic essence, will be a last-
lege-Jewish Institute of Reli- ing, inspiring and happy con-
gion; Rabbi Maurice N. Eisen- tinuation of the immense task
drath, president of the Union he undertook."
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* * •

Tributes to the memory of
Pope John were paid here in
statements by Rabbis Morris
, Adler, Leon Fram and Richard
C. Hertz.
Rabbi Fram will devote his
- sermon at Temple Israel serv-
ices next Friday night, June
14, to a review _of the Pope's
career, especially, in relation-
ship to the Jewish people,
and to a eulogy to Pope
John's work during his en-
tire lifetime. A month ago
Dr. Frani devoted a Sabbath
Eve sermon at Temple Israel
to an analysis and interpreta-
tion of Pope John's encyclical
"Pacem In Terris," and to an
appraisal of . the Ecumenical
Council which the Pope had
In his statement on the pass-
ing of Pope John, Dr. Hertz
"The name of Pope John
XXIII will be recorded forever
as a blessing and a benediction.
"He called an Ecumenical

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