No, the Vatican Hasn’t Rejected Attempts to Convert Jews, But Its Recent Document Does Break New Ground

Last week the Vatican issued a “Reflection” on Jewish-Christian relations, updating its doctrine on the connection between the two religions. The document declares that the Torah remains a binding covenant and a potential path to putting Jews in “right relationship” with God. Contrary to what was widely reported in the press, however, it does not forbid, or even actively discourage, the effort to bring Jews to Christianity, although it makes a point of not actively encouraging it, either. Yoram Hazony evaluates the statement’s implications:

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More about: Catholic Church, Jewish-Catholic relations, Jewish-Christian relations, Religion & Holidays, Theology, Vatican

For Sudan, Peace with Israel Marks a National Turning Point

For decades, Sudan has not only been a safe haven for terrorists and an ally of such unsavory regimes as Iran and Qatar, it has also suffered from poverty, a bloody civil war, and a despotic Islamist regime. Its recent decision to make peace with Israel follows on the heels of—and flows from—the end of this long period of misrule. Jonathan Schanzer comments:

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More about: Israel diplomacy, Sudan, U.S. Foreign policy