12 March 2000 Pope John Paul II asks forgiveness for sins of the Church against the Jewish people #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History


  1. Confession of the Sins Against the People of Israel

Cardinal Edward Cassidy: Let us pray that, in recalling the sufferings endured by the people of Israel throughout history, Christians will acknowledge the sins committed by not a few of their number against the people of the Covenant and the blessings, and in this way will purify their hearts. [Silent prayer.]

The Holy Father: God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your Name to the Nations: we are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Response: Amen. Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie eleison. [Lord, have mercy]

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Sunday, 12 March, 2000, 19:48 GMT

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