A Blessing to One Another - Pope John II & The Jewish People

Be Part of the Blessing

People of all faiths came together in the summer of 2005 and shared in a historic exhibition: “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.” This first-of-its-kind exhibit, which ran from May 19, 2005 -July 15, 2005 at Xavier University in Cincinnati, included photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the extraordinary contributions of Pope John Paul II to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.

In the course of his papacy, John Paul II shattered the chain of 2,000 years of painful history between Catholics and Jews, becoming the first pope ever to enter a synagogue, officially visit and recognize the State of Israel, and formally engage in an act of repentance for the Catholic Church’s historical treatment of Jews.

The exhibit draws its name from the Pope's 1993 appeal marking the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising: “As Christians and Jews, following the example of the faith of Abraham, we are called to be a blessing to the world. This is the common task awaiting us. It is therefore necessary for us, Christians and Jews, to first be a blessing to one another.”

After its inaugural run in Cincinnati the exhibit moved to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., where it was on display until 2006. From there it moved to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and then to New York City (September 2006) to the Museum of Jewish Heritage. It is currently at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia..

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