Bishop Caggiano to speak about reconciliation between Vatican & Jews

The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will be guest speaker Friday, Oct. 23 during the Shabbat service at Congregation B’nai Israel commemorating the 50th anniversary of a historic Vatican document creating sweeping changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church and its relationship with Jews.

The bishop will speak during the 6 p.m. Sabbath service and again during a private dinner that evening at the Temple, the greater Bridgeport area’s oldest and largest synagogue, located at 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. The bishop’s remarks will focus on the importance of the Nostra Aetate (In Our Day) proclamation on Oct. 28, 1965 made by Pope Paul VI.

Rabbi James Prosnit, of Fairfield, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel, said Nostra Aetate discussed relationships between the Church and other non-Christian religions, but focused primarily on Judaism.

“In it the Church repudiated anti-Semitism and laid foundations for mutual recognition and reconciliation. Liturgies and catechetical texts with references to Jews being accursed and unloved were eliminated,” said Rabbi Prosnit.

“We’re deeply honored Bishop Caggiano will join us. Since coming to the area he has done much to build bridges of learning and tolerance throughout the community,” said Rabbi Prosnit.

Rabbi James Prosnit and The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport.

Rabbi James Prosnit and The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport.

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