Religion & Beliefs

Vatican Rededicates Boston Menorah in Effort to Mend Catholic-Jewish Relations

In memory of Holocaust victims, Cardinal William Kasper, a top Vatican liaison to the Jewish people, rededicated a menorah at the Boston Archdiocese. He’s calling the menorah a reminder of "a common duty and a common responsibility" to promote peace among religions. … Read More

By / March 26, 2009

In memory of Holocaust victims, Cardinal William Kasper, a top Vatican liaison to the Jewish people, rededicated a menorah at the Boston Archdiocese. He’s calling the menorah a reminder of "a common duty and a common responsibility" to promote peace among religions. The ceremony was held before about 200 people, including rabbis, priests, and Holocaust survivors.

The menorah was originally dedicated in 2002, but moved to a new home after the archdiocese sold its land to pay off debts. The recent dedication was on Wednesday in honor of Yom HaShoah. 

Kasper reportedly called the Holocaust-denier bishop Richard Williamson’s comments "stupid" and "unacceptable." This comes two weeks after the Pope, in a rare admission of fault, apologized for the Vatican’s actions in relation to Bishop Williamson.

Cardinal Kasper’s full remarks can be found here.