May 21, 2012

Reaffirming Vatican II's teaching on Christianity's special relationship with Judaism, Pope Benedict said Catholic-Jewish dialogue is "crucial for the future of our human family."

In a world increasingly threatened by the loss of spiritual and moral values, dialogue, friendship and collaboration can "give prophetic witness to the power of the truth of God, justice and reconciling love for the good of all mankind," the pope said.

He spoke May 10 with members of the Latin American Jewish Congress.