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Israel, our elder brother

jmcdade_01b.jpgIn a public lecture given at Haddington Road Church, John McDade SJ, Principal of Heythrop College, explored Catholic-Jewish relations since Vatican II. He drew twice the usual attendance at this lecture series. He described the enormously influential contribution of Pope John Paul II, especially by his symbolic visit to Jerusalem and his prayer at the Western Wall. His listeners responded warmly to the vision of Israel as our elder brother, but they heard also, in a couple of questioners, some atavistic hankering for old animosities.