JERUSALEM, JAN. 30, 2009 (

he sources of tension in Jewish-Vatican relations are many, and Jesuit Father David Neuhaus calls this a moment for "patience, wisdom and prayer."

Father Neuhaus, the secretary-general of the Hebrew-speaking Catholic Vicariate in Israel, known also as the Association of St. James, told ZENIT he was "following with great sadness and anxiety the deterioration of relations between the Holy See and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate."

Relations between the two came to a breaking point this week in the wake of the Vatican's announcement Saturday that lifted the excommunication of holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X.
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