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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, November 6, 1987 3 ! Faith Today .* Page 3 FOOD FOR THOUGHT I I Pope John Paul II met with Jewish leaders in Miami during his 1987 U.S. visit. He was addressed by a rabbi and also delivered an address. Then he met with interreligious leaders in LOS Angeles. Among those who addressed him was a rabbi. Why does the pope meet with Jewish leaders? Why is this important? The Holocaust of the Jews during World War lI is an event that can never he forgotten by Jewish people. Recently Pope John Paul II made it known that the Vatican will develop a major document on the Holocaust and on anti-Semitism. Why is a profound understanding of the Holocaust important for Catholic-Jewish relations? If Christians enter a Jewish synagogue for a religious service, what are some things that might seem familiar? What will seem different? Why does Dominican Father David O'Rourke suggest that the majo r world religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, have something to teach each other? ond Helpings. "we in the church have tended to look on the Hebrew Scriptures only as prelude, only as giving us glimpses of the New Testament message. We have generally faild to appreciate its spiritual richness in its own right," write Servite Father John Pawlikowski and James Wilde in When Catholics Speak About Jews. Sensitivities about Judaism need sharpening; consciousness needs raising and prejudice needs confronting, they say. The book is "about healing a relationship through the kind of ' preaching and teaching demanded by Vatican II" and its. historical docu- ment on Christian-Jewish relationships. The book intends to help people become better informed "about how to handle complex scriptural texts on the delicate matter of Jewish-Christian relations," the authors add. (Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago, 1800 N. Hermitage, Chicago, Ill. 60622. 1987. Paperback, $5.95.) Your Will Can Be A Prayer Your Last Will and Testament can be more than a legal document. It offers an opportunity for serious reflection and prayer -- a holy process of putting all things In order. That's because writing a will requires more than a mere listing of posses- slons. It's also a time to review the feel- Ings you have for your family, friends and the Church. Doesn't It make sense that such an Important document be an extension of your faith? Your will then becomes a statement of your belief in God and His Church. Extension's latest will planning booklet, "Your Will Can Be a Prayer,!' offers suggestions on how you can make the drafting of your will a simple spiritual exercise. Write today for a free copy. Dear Father Slattery: [] Please send me Extension's free will planning kit. Rev./Sr./Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Address City State ZIp Blrthdate __./.---/-- Telephone ( ) This information will be kept strictly confidential. 38