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Pope Francis Says Jews, Catholics Should Work Together to Help World’s Poor

February 13, 2014 11:25 am 14 comments

Pope Francis delivering his Christmas address. Photo: Screenshot.

Pope Francis I told a delegation from the American Jewish Committee at the Vatican on Thursday that Jews and Catholics should work together to help the world’s poor, according to a transcript.

Speaking at the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, Pope Francis I told the AJC delegation, “Your organization, which on various occasions has met with my venerable Predecessors, maintains good relations with the Holy See and with many representatives of the Catholic world. I am very grateful to you for the distinguished contribution you have made to dialogue and fraternity between Jews and Catholics, and I encourage you to continue on this path.”

“In addition to dialogue, it is also important to find ways in which Jews and Christians can cooperate in constructing a more just and fraternal world. In this regard, I call to mind in a particular way our common efforts to serve the poor, the marginalized and those who suffer. Our commitment to this service is anchored in the protection of the poor, widows, orphans, and foreigners as shown in Sacred Scripture (cf. Ex 20:20-22). It is a God given duty, one which reflects his holy will and his justice; it is a true religious obligation.”

The Pope said the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council constitutes a point of reference “for relations with our ‘elder brothers.’ From this document, our reflection on the spiritual patrimony which unites us and which is the foundation of our dialogue has developed with renewed vigor.”

He said “it is important that we dedicate ourselves to transmitting to new generations the heritage of our mutual knowledge, esteem and friendship which has, thanks to the commitment of associations like yours, grown over these years. It is my hope therefore that the study of relations with Judaism may continue to flourish in seminaries and in centers of formation for lay Catholics, as I am similarly hopeful that a desire for an understanding of Christianity may grow among young Rabbis and the Jewish community.”

“Dear friends, in a few months I will have the joy of visiting Jerusalem, where – as the Psalm says – we are all born (cf. Ps 87:5) and where all peoples will one day meet (cf. Is 25:6-10). Accompany me with your prayers, so that this pilgrimage may bring forth the fruits of communion, hope and peace. Shalom!”

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  • Whether the “holy C’s” individual and/or institutional hopes for future interfaith relationships be benevolent, malevolent, or something between or beyond, it will be “diffiCULT” (at best) for the Xian Leaders and their Laid to fully understand and appreciate Israel’s mission to the Nations.

    Can those with lifelong indoctrination defining their relationships to their gods as 1 (or 3?) on 1, restricted by “7 Noahide Laws” or “10 Commandments” begin to fathom Israel’s collectivist mission, with its 603 mitzvot?

  • my question would be WHY he is stating this. Jews DO help others regardless of religion or race. I think the time is over due that when another religion refers to Judaism, then they need to say Judaism rather than “Jews.” The Pope should have stated Judaism rather than “Jews.” You can be a Jew without adhering to any level or form of Judaism. Was it his bad choice of words? his ignorance? history conditioning the general populace including the Pope? or, is it something else? something to think about. ( I am being rhetorical and stating the obvious for other readers to really think about what the Pope was saying instead of readers simply inputting the Pope’s words into their minds. But, I am also referring to Jews who are NOT Christian or Catholic or who do not even strictly practice Judaism.)

  • If this man had the Spirit of God, he would stand by Israel and her right to the land. Sadly, this is proof that the Catholic Church has never been the regenerated church of God but an apostate church destined to align with the beast in the future.

  • I am ‘shocked’ I AM DEEPLY HURT AND ‘SHOCKED’ BY YOUR STATEMENTS.
    Your dead ancestors are crying,I am crying by your words.

    TORAH SAYS TO SEPARATE SO WE DONT LEARN THEIR WAYS.

    NOT ONE, NOT ONE POOP EVER ACCEPTED ISRAEL AS A SEPERATE NATION FOR JEWS BY JEWS AND OF JEWS.

    THE ENITRE HISTORY OF XTIAN WAS AND IS DEATH TO JEWS.

    ALL I WROTE AND YOU STILL CAN SAY THAT?
    *YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR HUSBAND WOULDVE HAVE ANSWERED
    IF HE WAS AGANUIST THE WALL AGAIN.

    YOUR AGE AND SURVIVOR B’H STATUS IS ONLY ARROGANCE ON YOUR PART. YOU AND 6 MILLION OTHERS SURVIVED BECAUSE OF
    HASHEM KEEPING HIS PROMISE THAT WE ALWAYS BE HIS ‘FIRST BORN’ ‘HIS’ FAVORITE NATION STATUS

    PEOPLE WAKE UP
    WE ARE JEWS
    STAND UP AND SHOUT WE OWE NOTHING…
    THEY OWE US EVERYTHING
    WAKE TALL BE PROUD TO BE A JEW
    HOLD YOUR HEAD KNOWING THAT WE HAVE A WEAPON THAT NO OTHER NATION HAS….
    HASHEMS PROMISE THAT WHEN WE CALL OUT TO “HIM” HE WILL BE THERE FORE US AND THIS WAS PROVEN MANY TIMES

    EVERY DAY LOOK UP AT THE HEAVENS..AND SAY TO HASHEM

    I AM WITH ‘YOU’ HASHEM AND ‘YOU ARE WITH ME’

    LADY..I AM SHOCKED AT YOUR STATEMENT
    THIS MEANS YOU NEVER READ MY ENTIRE AND ALL MY COMMENTS YOU JUST JUMPED MIDWAY AND CAME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS OF JUDAISM.

    I AM SHOCKED AS A JEW A SURVIVOR OF THE INQUISITION AND THE MIDDLE EAST MUSLIMS…
    I AM SHOCKED THAT YOU DONT SEE THE HAND OF HASHEM ON
    THE SURVIVORS… AND THIS IS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR SURVIVAL? BY KISSING YOUR ATTACKER YOUR KILLER WHO WILL NOT RECOGNIZE ISRAEL? SHAME ON YOUR..I CRY WITH YOUR ANCESTORS ABOUT YOU…

    SAY IT LOUD
    I AM A JEW, I AM DIFFERENT, I AM SPECIAL, I AM HOLY

  • I am shocked at most of the posts here. I cannot believe that this is a site that attracts so many hate mongers. I am Jewish and was married to a Holocaust survivor(he passed away several years ago.) My husband would have been the first to welcome the statements of Pope Francis. He also would have been the first to condemn those who seem obsessed by anti-Catholic hatred. Jews and Catholics can and should work together in order to help the poor. I admired the work John Paul II did in improving the attitude of the Church toward the Jewish people. I welcome the emphasis of Pope Francis on helping those in need!

    • LADY. EVERY POOP DENIED THAT ISRAEL IS A STATE AND FOR THE JEWS. THEY WILL NOT ADMIT IT IN ANY FORM.

      THEY REFUSE TO GIVE THE NAMES EXCEPT FOR NO MORE THEN 25, OF THE THOUSANDS OF JEWS THEY ”TOOK IN FOR SAFE KEEPING’ WHO ARE NOW XTIANS

      THEY REFUSE TO HAND OVER THE BOOKS SEFORIM, THE ANCIENT ONES FROM 2000 YEARS AGO THEY RANSACKED FROM OUR HOLY TEMPLE.

      THEY REFUSED TO HAND OVER THE ARTIFACS OF SILVER AND GOLD FROM OUR HOLY TEMPLE…

      THEY THIS VERY DAY SEDUCE AND BRIBE JEWS TO CONVERT, TO ACCEPT JEUSX, TO VIOLATE OUR VERY TORAH…
      TORAH, HASHEMS WORDS DICTATED TO MOSES…

      THEY LIE CHEAT AND STEAL JEWISH SOULS TO CONVERT IN THEIR BELIEF THAT THEY WILL BRING THEIR mangod jesux BY THE JEWS RETURNING TO ISRAEL.

      being a holocaust survivor A’H doesnt give him wisdom.
      SOMETIMES ITS CONDITIONED RESPONSE.

      TORAH DOES NOT TELL ISRAEL TO WORK TOGETHER .
      TORAH SAYS TO BE RESPECTFUL TO OTHERS.
      TORAH SAYS OTHERS SHOULD AND WILL ASK JEWS TO BE TAKE TO THE MOUNTAIN OF G-D, THEY NOW KNOW T HAT OUR G-D THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS IS THE ONLY TRUE ‘ONE G-D’

      TORAH SAYS TO SEPARATE FROM ALLLLL THE NATIONS SO WE DONT GET THEIR WAYS.

      YOUR AGE YOUR COMPASSION YOU SURVIVING IS BEING WASTED IF YOU DONT LEARN WHAT G-D WANTS FROM YOU, AND MAKE TESHUVAH AND SEPARATE.

      YOU CAN BE SHOCKED ALL YOU WANT.
      AND YOU CANT SPEAK FOR YOUR HUSBANDS INNER SOUL.

      SPEAK TO A TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI
      GET SOME FACTS
      READ PROPHET OVADIA WHO SAYS ESAUV IS MOST HATED BY HASHEM.
      ESAUV IS XTIAN

      a deformed a conservative a modern orhtodx a humanistic
      are not rabbis. HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?
      How many laws did Moses come down with? ONE SET LADY, ONE SET.not a different set for each broken delusional group.
      GO TO TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI and ask questions.
      If the broken down fragments calling themselfs JEWS, then they would certainly know there is no such thing as a deformed reformeded conservative etc etc.
      WE ARE ONE JEW PRACTICING AS BEST EACH ONE OF US CAN…
      AND EACH OF US SHOULD BE TRYING TO IMPROVE OURSELF.

      YOUR SHOCK VALUE IS ARROGANCE ON YOUR PART.
      examine yourself. I AM SHOCKED THAT YOU CAN RESPOND IN SUCH A MANNER KNOWING FULL WELL THE EUROPEAN ATROCITIES DUE TO THEIR PAGAN RITUALS THEIR CHURCHS THEIR STATUES MANGODS AND TORTURES TO YOUR ANCESTORS.

      YOUR SHOCK IS MAKING ALL THE SACRIFICES JEWS GAVE IN
      *DEFENCE OF TORAH* THEY DIED FOR YOU TO SURVIVE*
      THREY GAVE UP THEIR LIVES TO PRAISE HASHEM AND TORAH…
      NOT TO ASSIMILATE…

      YOU make me cry for ISRAEL THE NATION THE PEOPLE SPREAD TO THE 4 CORNERS OF THE EARTH TO BRING THE LIGHT OF TORAH, OF HASHEM TO THE WORLD.
      Your ancestors are crying by your words.

      GET UP JEWS, GET UP, WE OWE THEM NOTHING,
      THE XTIANS OWE EVERYTHING TO THE JEWS….EVERYTHING.

      BE PROUD BE STRONG TO BE A JEW
      WE SURVIVED ALL THE HELL XTIANS BROUGHT TO US IN THE NAME OF THEIR DEAD mangod

      SHEMA YISRAEL
      EH CHAddDDD

    • linda loussia

      I couldn’t agree more. I’m Catholic and many of my close friends are Jewish.
      We have learned so much from each other. We have nothing but respect for each other. We are more alike than different .

  • Although the Catholic Church has been responsible for multiple centuries of horrific persecution of the Jewish people, things did get much better after Vatican II, and this pope has had positive relations. It’s nice that he wants to work together.

    However, there has been a tremendous increase in anti-Semitism worldwide and it grows more every day. The Jewish people’s (13 million worldwide) very existence is under the threat of annihilation, mostly by Islam.

    Catholics and other Christians are facing horrible persecution and death by Muslims in African countries and the few places left in the Middle East.

    It would be more important that this pope use his bully pulpit to tell the truth about Islam and use his moral voice compel the Muslims to stop their murderous works all over the globe, which they have been doing since their inception, but is at an all-time high.

  • JEWS ARE *NOT* SUPPOSED TO UNDERSTAND THOSE, THE XTIANS WHO HAS SWORN ACCORDING TO THEIR DOCTRINE TO CONVERT EVERY JEW TO BOW TO THEIR mangod.

    JEWS ARE THE LIGHT, TORAH MENTIONS ONLY ONE PEOPLE THE JEWS ARE THE LIGHT TO THE NATIONS.

    xtians are to ***LEARN*** FROM JEWS WHO AND HOW TO SERVE ‘ONE G-D’.

    He said “it is important that we dedicate ourselves to transmitting to new generations the heritage of our mutual knowledge, esteem and friendship which has, thanks to the commitment of associations like yours, grown over these years. It is my hope therefore that the study of relations with Judaism .
    IN ALL OF HISTORY WHAT THE POOP SAYS “””NEVER HAPPENED”””
    xtians only study to learn how to confuse JEWS in order to convert JEWS.

    TORAH DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING LIKE THIS IS TO BE.

    JEWS ARE THE LEADERS, THE LIGHT, THE WISDOM AND THE ONLY PATH TO *ONE HASHEM.

    NOTHING TO DISCUSS AFTFER THAT….

    • This is not the first time I am reading your hate-filled comments concerning the Pope and Christianity. As a Catholic, with many dear Jewish friends in America, and a supporter of Israel, I find you a most unpleasant person. I am surprised that the Algemeiner allows your vile and obnoxious comments to be published. Pope Francis happens to be a man of exemplary qualities, of which we a justifiably proud. In a world where we strive for peace among persons of good will, your sort , is not an asset , but certainly an hindrance.

      • ALEXANDER, how strange when the original sources are played back to xtians they are or I am called hate filled.

        It qwas and is not the jews who committed the crusades or inquisitions or pogroms and hitlers.It was not the JEWS who forced the Jews to wear a yellow patch, but the first church. It was that church who taught hatred of Jews more then any other pagan cult.

        Alexander it was not the Jews who dress like priests making a synagogue look like a church to seduce young and elderly and sick xtians to convert to Judasim..you know full well that jews arent permitted to proslytize.

        Alexander it is not Jews that kidnap seduce and or con young Israeli woman to convert and it is not Jews in Israel standing in from of our kotel, the holy temple entrance giving out gifts to innocent Jews with hebrew prayers praising a mangod jesux.

        Alexander it is not JEWS that create institutions
        called ‘jews4jeusx’ and/or ‘xtristinministries’ opening up right in the middle of a JEWISH COMMMUNITY TO SEDUCE Jews.

        IT IS SOLEY YOU ALEXANDER THAT TRY TO INTIMIDATE US TO BE SILENT AND NOT TEACH THE ATROCITIES YOU HAVE DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO.

        Mind you I didnt as yet list those atrocities which would tale miles long of internet and I would barely be touching the factual historical xtian history of xtians on JEWS.

        Nazis were 75% xtians.

        ALL I POSTED HERE IS FACTUAL HISTORY AND ALL YOU CAN SAY IS YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF ”MY” HATRED?
        YOU HAVENT HAD A BREATH OF REMORSE, NEVER ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS AND ”’YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF FACTS?

        Now your vatican is demanding land jerusalem land be handed over to rome and demanding a church built within the burial site of KING DAVID.

        YOUR SUPPORT OF ISRAEL HASNOTHNG BUT ATTACHMENTS OF A JEW OBLIGATIONS TO LISTEN TO YOUR PAGAN RELIGION a violation of the TORAH athat you claim you believe in….yet you violate blatantly…

        JEWS ARE THE LIGHT, YOU WANT TO BRING US INTO YOUR DARKNESS…why? I ask you why arent you doing what THE VERY SAME ‘ONE G-D’ THAT jesux once prayed to?
        WHO DID HE PRAY TO?
        then why are you praying to jeusx a man that G-D SAID
        “I AM NOT A MAN”
        You condemned me? for your own history?

        THE AUDACITY OF XTIANS .
        YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHAT G-D WANTS FROM YOU…. YOU CAN BE A RIGHTOUS GOY AND HAVE A SHARE IN THE WORLD TO COME BUT because of your arrogance in blindness you refuse it.

        THE AUDACITY OF XTIANS….there is absolutely no witnesses to anything jesux said or did…
        but THE WORLD WITNESSED SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENING TO THE JEWS…..

        THE AUDACITY OF XTIANS…and they rather die then learn about the ‘ONE G-D.

        THE IGNORANCE THE ARROGANCE THE AUDACITY OF XTIANS

        • AKLEXANDER I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY WORD PLAY.
          It is not the jews dressing like priest meaning it is you xtians dressed like RABBIS.

          In Brooklyn NY right inbetween 2 yeshivas
          you xtians just did that 2 months ago. I see it and what they do outside every day as I drive to work.

          I was with a few people who approached them to discuss this.
          THEIR ANSWER IS THEIR GOAL IS TO OPEN UP NEXT TO EVERY JEWISH SCHOOL ALL OVER AMERICA.

          IF YOU WANT MORE…NO PROBLEM….your atrocities are endless for 2000 years.

          IF you have been reading my comments iin ‘algemiener then do I have to repeat all the proofs I GAVE OF THE DEATHS AND DESTRUCTION TO JEWS IN THE NAME OF YOUR dead mangod?
          DO I HAVE TO REMIND YOU THAT **AFTER JEUSX**WAS BORN you lost half your mighty roman empire to the muslims.

          SHOULD I REMIND YOU THAT THE GREATEST WARS
          or better to say the worst wars were by xtian countries.

          whould I remind you that you to this day celebrate the death of JEWS and the destruction of our HOLY TEMPLE IN ROME engraved telling this story on the ‘arch of titus’ today?

          PEACE? your poop wants peace..tell him to
          “TEAR DOWN THAT WALL MR KOBACHOV”

          YES TEAR DOWN THAT CELEBRATION OF THE WORST TORUTRES IN MANKIND BY THE ROMAN/XTIANS TO JEWS.

          YOU DARE TO THINK I WILL BE EMBARRASSED?
          The problem is *YOU AREN’T EMBARASSED/

          My family received a package from Israel to LAKEWOOD NJ, FROM A RABBIS TO A RABBI AND IT WAS OPENED ALONG THE SHIPPING ROUTE,INSERTED INSIDE WAS A CROSS AND A XTIAN BIBLE?

          your poop made queeen isabella who killed millions , made her into a saint 2 years ago…
          WANT MORE?
          HOW ABOUTTHE PEDEOPHILE GROUP CAUGHT LAST YEAR AND LAST MONTH A GROUP OF 400 WHO WORKED IN THE VATICAN CAUGHT…
          YOU WANT MORE?

          I will tell you you xtians have no remorse because you can always get another JEW to hang for your sins…..
          You are never taking responsiblity for your killings

          THE AUDACITY OF XTIANS

      • So. Tell honestly. Is Pope the mediator between man and God? That`s what it says in his oath. I were in understanding that It`s someone else. Maybe you heard of Him. It´s starts with J. You know… Jesus. Or the son of man. Pope is not the son of man. Name is referred to one person only. Only one. How many popes there has been? Are you saying that catholic church appoint who is it. I thought it was God`s job. Humans can not sanctify anything. That is too God´s job. I`ll prove it to you. It is written: `Heal the sick`. It`s an order! So if pope is the mediator. Where are the healed? Or is he just lazy?

    • The Hebrews were a black race like Abraham. Hebrews are not from Europe. “Jews” did not recieve God’s blessing, HEBREWS did.

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