Pope Francis to Jewish Leaders: ‘A Christian Cannot be Anti-Semitic’

June 24, 2013 1:52 pm 7 comments

Pope Francis. Photo: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons

JNS.org - Pope Francis, meeting for the first time as pontiff with leaders from Jewish organizations and communities on Monday, told the delegation that due to “our common roots,” a Christian “cannot be anti-Semitic.”

A delegation of Jewish leaders from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations gathered in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican to form a private audience for Pope Francis. During his remarks, the Pope praised the landmark Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate, which he described as a “key point of reference for relations with the Jewish people.”

“The fundamental principles expressed by the Declaration have marked the path of greater awareness and mutual understanding trodden these last decades by Jews and Catholics,” Pope Francis said, Vatican Radio reported.

Jewish leaders who were in attendance praised Pope Francis for continuing the legacy of his predecessors.

“Pope Francis is a very good friend of the Jewish People and we rejoice in the fact that he will continue to advance the path of his predecessors in deepening the Catholic-Jewish relationship even further,” Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s director of international interreligious affairs, said in a statement.

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  • YOU LOVE US JEWS TO DEATH….
    subtle trickery into jesux.
    YOU mr poop in vatican continue this trickery,

    first you mortally killed us
    then the world became ‘civilized’
    …you no longer can take the sword to our heads
    now you spiritually kill us by deceiving jews seducing us pretending to be Jews to convert us , door to door proslytizing missionizing mailing us packages looking like JEWISH IINFORMATION only to read in themiddle of the books or CDs your
    YOU HAVE NOT RENOUNCED THESE ACTIONS.
    YOU HAVE NOT RENOUNCED THAT YOU NEED ALL JEWS TO GO TO ISRAEL INORDER TO BRING YOUR SECOND COMING.
    YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR STOLEN ARTIFACS FROM
    our second temple
    world wars
    kristalnachs
    spanish inquisitions
    pogroms (continuous mini regional uprisings and wars)
    nazis looting

    YOU xtians CONTINUE TO DECEIVE US…
    jews4j dressing like rabbis / telling us to add jesux into your Torah life
    …this is the general characteristics of esauv the xtians
    the galut of esauv/rome 2000 years
    …UNTIL MASHIACH.

    THE JEWISH REMEDY TO FIGHT THIS TO RECTIFY OUR STATUES AS JEWS IS TO STUDY JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TORAH DAILY
    If you never did, start with 5 minutes,
    if you studied just 5 minutes a day
    then now do 10 minutes…
    OUR REMEDY IS TO LOOK UP TO THE HEAVENS
    AND CRY OOUT TO HASHEM *BEFORE* YOU APPEASE ANY foriegn nation..LOOK UP AND TALK TO HASHEM FIRST LAST AND ALWAYS

    HASHEM G-D IS ONE WITH NO OTHER BUT ‘HIM’

  • YOU LOVE US JEWS TO DEATH….

    first you mortally killed us
    then the world became ‘civilized’
    …you no longer can take the sword to our heads
    now you spiritually kill us by deceiving jews seducing us pretending to be Jews to convert us , door to door proslytizing missionizing mailing us packages looking like JEWISH IINFORMATION only to read in themiddle of the books or CDs your subtle trickery into jesux.
    YOU mr poop in vatican continue this trickery,
    YOU HAVE NOT RENOUNCED THESE ACTIONS.
    YOU HAVE NOT RENOUNCED THAT YOU NEED ALL JEWS TO GO TO ISRAEL INORDER TO BRING YOUR SECOND COMING.
    YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR STOLEN ARTIFACS FROM
    our second temple
    world wars
    kristalnachs
    spanish inquisitions
    pogroms (continuous mini regional uprisings and wars)
    nazis looting

    YOU xtians CONTINUE TO DECEIVE US…
    jews4j dressing like rabbis / telling us to add jesux into your Torah life
    …this is the general characteristics of esauv the xtians
    the galut of esauv/rome 2000 years
    …UNTIL MASHIACH.

    THE JEWISH REMEDY TO FIGHT THIS TO RECTIFY OUR STATUES AS JEWS IS TO STUDY JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TORAH DAILY
    If you never did, start with 5 minutes,
    if you studied just 5 minutes a day
    then now do 10 minutes…
    OUR REMEDY IS TO LOOK UP TO THE HEAVENS
    AND CRY OOUT TO HASHEM *BEFORE* YOU APPEASE ANY foriegn nation..LOOK UP AND TALK TO HASHEM FIRST LAST AND ALWAYS

    HASHEM G-D IS ONE WITH NO OTHER BUT ‘HIM’

  • What if Jesus was only trying to get the Jews BACK to worshipping GOD, through Him, as a leader, a teacher; a rabbi, all of which, Jesus was. That changes a lot of things and makes Christianity and Judaism two brotherhoods and two peoples who worship the SAME GOD.

    As for Jesus being the “son of God”…ask yourself this: aren’t we ALL sons – and daughters – of God??

    Which of us is NOT a child of God?????

    • RICH: your key word is ”what if”.
      you are a word player.

      ‘what if’ you are a messianic.A once Jew who accepted jesux,I would think then,that you would write into this article and post ‘what if’.

  • Felicity Scott

    He might want to have a word with the Church of Scotland, so.

  • Has he never read the Gospels? All the roots and inspiration for anti Semitic attitudes can be found right there in black and white.

  • Is this the next big thing? As the the psycholgist’s patient asked how long will it take to get better, the doc retorted, How long did it take to get this way?

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