The Saint for Shalom
The Saint for Shalom

The Saint for Shalom

How Pope John Paul II Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations

Edited by Eugene J. Fisher, Edited by Leon Klenicki


398 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $44.95 (US $44.95) (CA $49.95)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9780824526825

Price: $44.95


Pope John Paul II devoted his papacy to reconciliation between Christianity and the Jewish people. By courageously confronting one of the world's longest and most tragic religious conflicts, he built bridges of respect and understanding fostering a historic rapproachment between Jews and Catholics. On the occasion of the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the Anti-Defamation League and Herder & Herder are proud to present this complete collection of John Paul II's public writings on Jews, Judaism and Israel. This treasury, compiled and co-edited by Eugene J. Fisher and Rabbi Leon Klenicki, bears witness to the extraordinary contributions made by John Paul II to the historic dialogue between Jews and Christians. His efforts can serve as a model for reconciliation, inspiring both believers and non-believers to pursue deeper understanding and work together in harmony to help improve the world and achieve Shalom, the Hebrew word for Peace, wholeness and right-relationship, for all of humankind.


"This important volume makes crystal clear how John Paul II dedicated much of his twenty-six year papacy to rapprochement between Jews and Catholics. The writings collected here show that step by step he unpacked the implications of the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate, producing a theological body of work with a breadth and authority that remains unsurpassed in implementing the Catholic Church's new relationship to Judaism." — Dr. Philip A. Cunningham, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia

"A must read for everyone interested in the positive and historic role Pope John Paul II played in Catholic-Jewish relations. Leon Klenicki and Eugene Fisher have rendered an important service that will be an indispensable record for future generations." — Rabbi A. James Rudin, Senior Interreligious Adviser, The American Jewish Committee

Author Biography

Eugene Fisher is the Associate Director of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on the subject. Rabbi Leon Klenicki was the Anti-Defamation League's Director of Interfaith Affairs and Co-Liaison to the Vatican.