Pope Changes Prayer for Jews

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CBNNews.com - Following protests by several Jewish organizations, Pope Benedict XVI approved changes to a prayer on Good Friday referring to Jews.

A new version of the Latin-language prayer, which will be used this year on Good Friday (March 21), appeared in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.

The new version deletes the word "blindness" and the phrase "remove the veil from their hearts."

But it still includes supplication for the Jewish people to come to know Jesus Christ.

"Let us also pray for the Jews, so God, our Lord, enlightens their hearts so they recognize Jesus Christ as savior for all men," that "all Israel be saved," read an unofficial translation from the Latin, published by YNet.

The Pope's decision tempered an announcement in July to return to the old Latin version of the prayer, used prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965), which among other things, exonerated Jews as "Christ killers" and encouraged interfaith dialogue.

Source: YNet news service

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