- CLARIN. Mutual
Yearning for Peace by Catholics and Jews
On the occasion of a visit
carried out by a delegation of the Casa Argentina in Israel
headed by the organisations General Secretary,
Mr. Baruch Tenembaum, to Cardinal Antonio Caggiano,
the Archbishop of Buenos Aires made a declaration regarding
the mutual yearning for peace of Catholics and Jews on
the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of
the State of Israel.
Baruch Tenembaum in the meeting with the then Cardinal
of Argentina, Mons. Antonio Caggiano
The document, made public by Cardinal Caggiano, expresses
"I deeply appreciate your visit and I assure you
that I have been listening with real interest and much
satisfaction to the words pronounced by your General Secretary,
Mr. Baruch Tenembaum. He has emphasised the yearning for
peace of your people, and the Church proclaims that peace
is the most urgent of all needs."
"Hence, this is for me a reason for great happiness,
and I congratulate you for that. This is the real great
challenge of the world in this present day, and the responsibility
to create an atmosphere of peace involves all of us and
each one of the nations. Furthermore, in the Holy Books
of the Old Testament your people have sanctified the word
"Peace" as holy, a word that angels used to
greet men before they revealed their message "Peace
be with you". Jesus himself used it always and both
before and after the supreme farewell to his disciples
he left them a legacy of peace when he said, "My
peace I leave you, my peace I give you".
"It is true that the obligation to search for peace
does suppress the right of self-defence, neither for people
nor for nations. But it is also a fact that Jesus recommended
no resistance in opposition to "An eye for an eye,
a tooth for a tooth" as a way to banish the violent
response that is the enemy of peace. It pleases me then
to see in you the love for peace that is part of the tradition
of your people, which you have learnt from the Old Testament,
these Holy Books you love so deeply and for which you
are trustworthy custodians. All this means you are witnesses
of God's Word, revealed by Him to your Ancestors.
Israel has had the honour to suffer, like the Church has
suffered also, because of its fidelity to the Word of
God and because we fulfil our mission of transmitting
"I express my most fervent prayer that the spirit
of Israel may be enlightened by God and will know how
to find the path of Peace."
"The success of Israel in the fields of Culture and
Science, deserving the undeniable admiration and prestige
of the world, will surely contribute fundamentally to
the finding of solutions to overcome all the obstacles
in your way so that you may reach peace as a nation."
"The auspicious event that you have made come true
in this meeting is that Casa Argentina in Israel, the
Holy Land, will donate to a chapel of the Basilica of
the Annunciation in the city of Nazareth a contribution
painted by a renowned and talented Argentine artist."
"I congratulate you warmly and extend my best wishes
of success to Mr. Soldi.
I ask God to confirm in us this mutual solidarity that
already strongly unites Christians and Israelis."
"Let's be united in these ideals, going forward to
keep the values of justice, peace and fraternity, the
deepest meaning of which is found in God's Word in the