All of us are descendants from those you mention.:) Oh, that prayer. This is not praying for the conversion of the Jews. Notice that it asks for the Jews to remain faithful to the covenant. They don't have to convert because the covenant with the Jews is valid for them. This is the way I understand the prayer for the Jews. They are considered to be special because they received the first revelation and, as John Paul II said, the Jews are our elder brothers. More recently, Benedict XVI said in a synagogue in Germany, "He who meets Jesus meets the Jews". I understand the prayer in this sense. I wqould like to make one thing clear. I was educated on Catholicism and and this is my culture, but I don't believe most things of it or of Christianity for the matter.
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