From 3–5 February a leadership delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) visited the Vatican. Since the 1970s the IJCIC has represented member organizations in maintaining and developing relations with the Holy See’s Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, as well as with the Orthodox Church, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious bodies.
During the visit, the members of the delegation met among others Prefects of some dicasteries of the Roman Curia, including Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Leonardo Sandri and Peter Turkson, as well as Archbishop Paul Gallagher of the Secretariat of State.
On Tuesday 4 February the delegation met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. During the meeting, the group spoke also with Reverend Fr Norbert Hofmann, Secretary of the Commission, reflecting in particular on the current situation of the Jewish–Catholic dialogue.