American Christians are divided over a statement by US leaders of the Roman Catholic Church declaring that Jews should not be targeted for conversion.
The statement, jointly issued by representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jewish leaders, states that the "saving covenant" God made with Israel is still valid, and was not superseded by the teachings of Jesus Christ.
America's largest denominations, notably evangelical Protestant groups, insist that conversion of Jews is a religious obligation and raise millions of pounds annually for missionary projects aimed at American Jews.
America has the world's largest Jewish community. The declaration follows decades of improving relations between the Jewish faith and the Catholic Church, which advocated forced conversion of Jews until the 19th century.