On Saturday, April 26, the Holy Father appointed three English speakers, two of whom are Americans, as consultors to the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews.
The new consultors for the commission are:
Archbishop Kevin John Patrick McDonald of Southwark, Great Britain; Bishop William Francis Murphy of Rockville Centre, U.S. ; Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M. Custos of the Holy Land; Fr. Joseph Sievers, director of the Cardinal Agostino Bea Institute at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University; and Fr. Lawrence E. Frizzel, director of the Institute of Judeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, U.S.
The commission was established by Pope John Paul II in the early 1970’s and consists of a president, vice president, secretary and eight consultors. The goal of the commission is to promote and help improve relations of a religious nature between Jews and Catholics.