Those who speak against Israel are 'anti-Semitic,' Pope Francis declares
By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
11/1/2015 (1 year ago)
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In very strong words, Pope Francis told Jewish leaders that an outright attack upon the State of Israel is just as "anti-Semitic" as any attack on the Jewish people. The Pontiff's remarks were made at a private audience with World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder and delegates.
The occasion was marked by the anniversary of the 1965 declaration Nostra Aetate, which condemned anti-Semitism and paved the way for a new, constructive working relationship between Jews and Catholics. (Pope Francis at the Wailing Wall)
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism," Pope Francis told Lauder. "There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity."
Nearly 150 delegates from the board attended the audience with Pope Francis in St Peter's Square this week.
The occasion was marked by the anniversary of the 1965 declaration Nostra Aetate, which condemned anti-Semitism and paved the way for a new, constructive working relationship between Jews and Catholics.
"Pope Francis does not simply make declarations. He inspires people with his warmth and his compassion," Lauder said. "His clear and unequivocal support for the Jewish people is critical to us."
Lauder says that relations between the two faiths have never been stronger.
In reference to Nostra Aetate, which was adopted by the Second Vatican Council in 1965, the Holy Father told those gathered that the document transformed "indifference and opposition . into cooperation and benevolence.
"Enemies and strangers have become friends and brothers.
"The Council, with the declaration Nostra Aetate, paved the way. It said yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity, and no to any form of anti-Semitism and condemnation of any insult, discrimination and persecution derived from that."
The board had earlier discussed the implications facing Jewish communities in light of the conflicts in the Middle East. High on the list was the continued threat as posed by the Islamist State.
In an important move, the board passed a resolution calling on the international community to provide refugees with sanctuary -- regardless of their native lands, or religion.
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