Jones in Vatican Dialogue

March 8, 2011 by J-Wire
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Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, participated in the Jewish delegation to the International Liaison Committee, in which Jewish representatives meet with Vatican appointees to further Jewish-Catholic understanding and dialogue…an Australian first.

Archbishop Lino Fumigallo, Jeremy Jones and Father Lawrence Frizzel

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The meeting took place in Paris last week, with Jones one of the 25 members of the delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, first Australian to serve on that body.

The ILC was established as a result of the Second Vatican Council and has been meeting since 1971, every two years. Vatican delegates include a number of Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and scholars. The IJCIC delegation included Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive rabbis, representatives from the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, ADL and a number of Israeli officials and experts.

In addition to chairing a Plenary session and participating in the working group on the Middle East, Jones had many in depth discussions with Catholic officials involved in education and human rights advocacy.

“There was a great deal of interest in interfaith dialogue in Australia, the role of religions in public life in Asia and joint bilateral and multilateral initiatives by religious organizations in Australia, Asia and Oceania”, Jeremy Jones said.





One Response to “Jones in Vatican Dialogue”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    Why hasn’t this been publicized before, many of wouldn’t know.
    Back to Vatican 11 you say, that would bring it under the timeline of Good Pope John who caused such a controversy on a theological basis within in the church. He hasn’t been given the credit due him on his attempt to better relations with his ” brother’s in Abraham”.
    Remember his prayer of reconciliation:
    Beautiful, a pity more don’t, I’ll have to resurrect it again and put it online.

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