Pope Francis meets ADL delegation, condemns ‘anti-Semitism’


Vatican says anti-Jewish sentiment is widespread today but is ‘completely contrary to Christian principles


Times of Israel

Pope Francis on Thursday denounced “widespread” anti-Semitism during a meeting with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League.

Francis met with the group at the Vatican, according to a report from Vatican Radio.

“Sadly, anti-Semitism, which I again denounce in all its forms as completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person, is still widespread today,” Francis said, according to a transcript of his remarks released by the Vatican.

The pontiff also reiterated a statement released on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark declaration on Catholic-Jewish relations from 1965, that the church “feels particularly obliged to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies.”

In a series of tweets, ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt said the encounter was both meaningful and powerful.

The pope recalled his visit last year to Auschwitz, saying, “There are no adequate words or thoughts in the face of such horrors of cruelty and sin; there is prayer, that God may have mercy and that such tragedies may never happen again.”

Francis visited the former Nazi death camp during a four-day July 2016 trip to Poland to mark the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day. He chose not to make a speech or public statement there, but rather spent his visit in silent prayer.

He said after the visit that he felt the souls of those murdered there.

“The great silence of the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was more eloquent than any word spoken could have been,” he said days later, during his weekly public audience at the Vatican.

“In that silence I listened: I felt the presence of all the souls who passed through that place; I felt the compassion, the mercy of God, which a few holy souls were able to bring even into that abyss,” he said. “In that great silence, I prayed for all the victims of violence and war: and there, in that place, I realized more than ever how precious is memory, not only as a record of past events, but as a warning, and a responsibility for today and tomorrow, that the seed of hatred and violence not be allowed to take root in the furrows of history.”

Visiting Auschwitz, the pope said, made him pray to resolve the evils of today’s world.


  1. #1 by James Benn on 02/10/2017 - 9:34

    Don’t look like the Pop’s been reading the same book I have. This is what John 8:44 has to say about them Pharisees whose ‘wisdom’ so richly informs the Talmud… “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

    And this is what Matthew 12:34 says … “O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

    And this is what Revelation 3:9 says… “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”

    The Biblical Jews had a choice … take the road Jesus showed them … or follow the Pharisees to perdition. Modern Jewelry – semitic and otherwise – descends from them what committed the ‘oral tradition’ (unwisely) to print – namely those temple-money scamming Pharisees.

    And yet … ‘“The great silence of the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was more eloquent than any word spoken could have been,” he [The Pop] said days later, during his weekly public audience at the Vatican.’

    Luvverly, innit.

    Pity the Pop, like the Trump administration, don’t extend his tears to all the sad victims of the endless holocausts of the 20th century … starting with the Armenian genocide of 1915 … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide … not to mention WWI … closely followed by the Bolshoi Ballet Revolution in Rusklandia … all of which have the paw prints of The Juze all over them.

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