The Pope and I: How the Life­long Friend­ship between a Pol­ish Jew and Pope John Paul II Advanced the Cause of Jew­ish Chris­t­ian Relations

Jerzy Kluger with Gian­fran­co Di Simone
  • Review
By – October 24, 2012

It is wide­ly known that rela­tion­ships often influ­ence events far more than ide­ol­o­gy might be expect­ed to oth­er­wise dic­tate. This book pro­vides a recent, pro­found exam­ple of this the­sis. The sub­ti­tle says it all.

It is inter­est­ing to learn some of the details of this often not­ed rela­tion­ship through the lens of the Jew­ish part­ner. The var­i­ous fig­ures and events are woven togeth­er into a sto­ry about devel­op­ments that have shaped recent pos­i­tive changes in Chris­t­ian views of, state­ments about, and rela­tions with Jews and Judaism. The book is writ­ten in a style cal­cu­lat­ed to inform Jews about Catholic events and devel­op­ments, and Chris­tians about Jew­ish ones as the sto­ry­line pro­ceeds. Serendip­i­ty mixed with informed, inten­tion­al action makes for the cel­e­bra­tion of wel­come changes, and a good read. Index.

Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas, is the author of Mys­tery­of Romans, win­ner of the 1996 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award, Charles H. Revson­Award in Jew­ish-Chris­t­ian Relations.

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