The American Jewish Committee on Friday welcomed comments by the Vatican's No. 2 official indicating a prayer in the recently revived Latin Mass that has drawn protests from Jewish groups could be dropped from the rite.
Jewish organizations expressed dismay that the rite retains a prayer on Good Friday calling for the conversions of the Jews.
But Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, told a news conference Thursday that "the problem can be resolved," and suggested there was no intention of going against the Church's spirit of reconciliation with Jews.
"We appreciate (Bertone's) statement ... making it clear that efforts will be made to replace the disturbing Good Friday prayer for Jewish conversion," said Rabbi David Rosen, who is in charge of interfaith relations at the U.S. group.
Rosen said in a statement that, contrary to the criticism that painted the pope's decision "as a retreat from advances in Catholic-Jewish relations, this clarification in effect confirms those strides and even advances them."
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge