Pope stresses that Christianity is incompatible with anti-Semitism
Calls to strengthen ties between Catholics and Jews
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- Catholic News Agency
- Vatican City
- October 14, 2013
Meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the tragedies of the past and called for the cultivation of brotherly love and friendship between the Catholic and Jewish people.
“We will remember in a few days the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews of Rome,” said the Holy Father, according to Vatican Radio. “We will remember and pray for the many innocent victims of human barbarity, for their families.”
“It will also be an opportunity to keep vigilant so that, under any pretext, any forms of intolerance and anti-Semitism in Rome and the rest of the world not come back to life.”
Pope Francis emphasized that Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible.
“It’s a contradiction that a Christian is anti-Semitic: His roots are Jewish,” the Pontiff proclaimed. “A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic! Let Anti-Semitism be banished from the heart and life of every man and every woman!”
Among those in attendance at the Oct. 11 meeting with the Holy Father were the Chief Rabbi of Rome, the President of the Jewish Community of Rome and the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.
Pope Francis reflected on the Oct. 16 1943 deportation of more than 1,000 Jews from Rome under Nazi occupation. Sent to Auschwitz, only 16 ever returned, according to Vatican Radio.
Recalling the grave situation faced by the Jewish community during that time, the Pope also noted how local Christians reached out to those in need.
Source: Catholic News Agency