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Pope Francis: Europe’s Christians and Jews must stand together to defeat persecution


CINDY WOODEN

Source:
Catholic Herald UK
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
4/21/2015

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ABSTRACTCatholicHerald.co.uk » Pope Francis: Europe’s Christians and Jews must stand together to defeat persecution Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News Pope Francis: Europe’s Christians and Jews must stand together to defeat persecution by Cindy Wooden posted Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 Pope Francis and Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt (L'Osservatore Romano) Pope Francis met a 30-member delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis at the Vatican European Christians and Jews must stand together to defend one another from discrimination and persecution around the world, Pope Francis has said. Pope Francis met with a 30-member delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis yesterday in anticipation of the 50th anniversary in October of “Nostra Aetate,” the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on relations with the Jews, Muslims and other religions. “Today, in Europe, it is more important than ever to emphasise the spiritual and religious dimension of human life,” the Pope said. “In a society increasingly marked by secularism and threatened by atheism, we run the risk of living as if God did not exist,” he continued, before adding that Christians and Jews know “God is holy, and the life he has given is holy and inviolable.” Condemning new waves of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, Pope Francis noted the 70th anniversary last January of “the liberation of Auschwitz, the concentration camp which has come to be synonymous with the great tragedy of the Shoah.” “The memory of what took place there, in the heart of Europe, is a warning to present and future generations,” the Pope said. “Acts of hatred and violence against Christians and the faithful of other religions must likewise be condemned everywhere.” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the conference, told the Pope, “We express our deepest sympathy, prayers and support for the Christians in the Middle East.” The Jewish community, he said, appreciates Nostra Aetate’s “rejection of every persecution against any man,” its recognition of the spiritual patrimony Jews and Christians share and its condemnation of “displays.......