Letters of Cardinal Kurt Koch to Rabbi Rasson Arussi and Rabbi David Sandmel

10 Sep 2021

On 12 August 2021, Rabbi Rasson Arussi, Chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for the Dialogue with the Holy See (Jerusalem), wrote a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, regarding the catechesis of Pope Francis during his General Audience on 11 August 2021, in which he referred in the context of the theology of Saint Paul (cf. Gal 3,19.21-22) to the Jewish Torah. On 24 August 2021, Rabbi David Sandmel, Chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (New York), wrote a similar letter to Cardinal Koch.

After consulting with His Holiness Pope Francis, on 3 September 2021 Cardinal Koch responded both to Rabbi Arussi and Rabbi Sandmel.



Photo: Pope Francis and Cardinal Kurt Koch meet with representatives of Jewish community at commemoration of 50th anniversary of death of Cardinal Bea, 28 February 2019 © Servizio Fotografico | Vatican Media