Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Vatican Issues New Prayer for Jews
The Vatican issued a new version of a Roman Catholic prayer that had long offended Jews, but some said the changes don't go far enough. Jewish groups said they interpreted the new version of the prayer for Jews as requiring members of their faith, and all of humanity, to convert to Christianity in Easter Week, the most solemn week in the Christian calendar, in which the faithful commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, before his resurrection on Easter. The prayer is part of the old Latin rite, also known as the Tridentine rite, which was celebrated before the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the l960s paved the way for the New Mass used widely today in local languages.