TODAY, JANUARY 17, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN POLAND CELEBRATES THE 21ST “DAY OF JUDAISM”
The purpose of the Day of Judaism in the Catholic Church in Poland is the development of a Christian-Jewish dialogue. The main solemn events under the slogan “Peace! The world is distant and close!” will be held in Warsaw. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polish Radio.
Solemn events began yesterday and will last until Sunday. Today, at the Jewish Cemetery in the Polish capital, they will read a prayer before the mass grave of the Jews from the Warsaw ghetto. The main worship with the participation of Cardinal Kazimierz Nicha will be sent later in the Archbishop’s Basilica of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist.
“Among prayer, scientific and cultural meetings are also planned,” – says Father Andrzej Tulej, chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Day of Judaism in Warsaw. The program includes prayers, meetings, discussions, concerts, as well as visits to the synagogue. A symposium is also planned at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, emphasized that the Day of Judaism teaches to be open to others. “The challenge is to seek peace and good relations with all, the destruction of walls and stereotypes,” said Michael Schudrich.
The motto of XXI Day of Judaism was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. Bishop Rafal Markovsky, Chairman of the Committee of the Polish Bishopric on Dialogue with Judaism, said that these words “tell us that a true world is born within a human being and on the basis of this world peace is born in a family home, marriage, society and the world.”
The Day of Judaism is celebrated every year Poland on the eve of the Week of Prayers for the unity of Christians. Its purpose is the development of Christian-Jewish dialogue, the study of Jewish culture and traditions, as well as joint prayer. This day should also contribute to the opening of the Jewish roots of Judaism.
For the first time the Day of Judaism in the Catholic Church in Poland was celebrated in 1998.