March 25, 2016
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement congratulating Bernard Hebda on being named Archbishop-Designate of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:
"The JCRC congratulates Bernard Hebda on being named Archbishop-Designate of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
"Last December, I had the privilege to meet Archbishop-Designate Bernard Hebda as the Jewish and Catholic communities united to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. Nostra Aetate is the Vatican declaration which, among other important facets, reset theologically and precipitated profoundly positive relations between Catholics and Jews and influenced Christians throughout the world.
"The Archbishop-Designate is wise, kind, modest, and gifted with wit and personally dedicated to interfaith relations. We are all very hopeful that Pope Francis has chosen well for our brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in this Holy Week of 2016. The JCRC looks forward to working with Archbishop-Designate Hebda in the months and years ahead."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.