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Monday, March 29, 2004
Zenit: John Paul II Seeks Ever Stronger Ties Between Jews and Church

Receives American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Audience

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 29, 2004 ( John Paul II proposed ever stronger bonds between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, as he received members of an American group in audience.

Speaking in English, the Pope today welcomed the president and members of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and said their visit "is yet another sign of the bonds of friendship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, bonds which we hope will grow ever stronger."

Since 1914, the JDC has served as the overseas arm of the American Jewish community. Its mission is to serve Jews in need throughout the world, according to the organization's Web page (

Joint distribution, huh? The ties are getting stronger already. Hey, man, is it me, or did that money, like, fly over to Judas real slow?