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Potsdam Rabbi Walter Homolka jas reiterated his criticism of the new Good Friday intercession of the Catholic Church. The relations with the Jewish community were "by this unfriendly act put through this sudden ordeal such has not been the case for decades," said Homolka in the Berlin Protestant weekly newspaper "The Church". He spoke of an ice age between Catholics and Jews. In the Vatican, the recently formulated Jewish intercession for Good Friday church services in the extraordinary Latin rite states that the Jews should recognise Jesus Christ as saviour of all peoples. Homolka sees this as a call to conversion. Therefore, he as well as the Jewish social scientist, Micha Brumlik has cancelled his participation in the Catholic Congress, to be held from 21 to 25 May in Osnabruck. The Round Table "Jews and Christians" of the Central Committee of German Catholics said Pope Benedict XVI should withdraw the intercession. Homolka is also a member of the Round Table.