World Jewish Congress reports Pope is to host meeting to address Poland’s current ban on ritual animal slaughter.
The World Jewish Congress has said the Vatican is getting involved in a divisive issue in Poland over its ban on the ritual slaughter of animals, which has incensed Jews.
Pope Francis poses with a delegation of members of the World Jewish Congress, including its President Ronald S.Lauder, fourth from right next to the pontiff, at the Vatican, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. – Photo: AP
The group said Monday that Pope Francis instructed the Vatican office in charge of relations with Jews to host a meeting next week to discuss the ban, which Jews consider a violation of their religious freedom. Continue Reading »
“Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Pope Francis I said.
Pope Francis condemned anti-Semitism during a meeting with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.
Pope Francis I in Vatican City, April 2013 – Photo: Franco Origlia, Getty
“Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said Monday at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, or IJCIC.
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He added that the Catholic Church “firmly condemns hatred, persecution and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”
While Francis has met with several Jewish leaders since becoming pope, he said Monday’s meeting was the first time he has spoken with an official group of representatives of Jewish organizations and communities.
As archbishop of Buenos Aires, newly dedicated Pope Francis I maintained openly warm relations with the local Jewish community; Peres: ‘He is welcome in the Holy Land any time.’
By Israel Today Staff
Israeli leaders on Thursday welcomed news that Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires had been selected as the new pope.
Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires will be sworn in as Pope Francis I – Photo: Israel Today
Bergoglio will be sworn in as Pope Francis I next week.
“The new pope will be welcomed in the Holy Land with love and appreciation by Jews, Muslims and Christians as one,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres. Continue Reading »