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October 9, 2013 1:26 pm

Pope Francis Reiterates Desire to Visit Israel

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JNS.org Pope Francis I reiterated his desire to visit Israel next year during a visit to the Vatican by Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Wednesday.

During the meeting, after Edelstein urged Pope Francis to visit Israel, the pontiff emphatically replied, “I’ll come! I’ll come!” Edelstein also asked the pope to continue to combat anti-Semitism, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“There is still anti-Semitism in the world,” Edelstein said. “I ask you to use your influence to combat it.”

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Earlier this year, during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis accepted an invitation by Peres to visit Israel.

Since becoming pontiff in March, Pope Francis has made Jewish-Christian relations a priority, continuing the legacy of his predecessors. Recently, Pope Francis also praised the Jewish people for “keeping their faith in God” despite centuries of persecution, and also declared in June that a true Christian “cannot be anti-Semitic.”

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  • Elliot J. Stamler

    This DACON anti-Christian bigot regularly e-mails idiotic defamations of Christianity and Christians to Algemeiner and I am one Jew who denounces it. The moronic one today demands cessation of evangelistic/conversion activities. First it’s my understanding these activities are lawful under Israeli law not that DACON the bigot cares and moreover they aren’t performed by the Catholic church but almost wholly by fundamentalist Protestant groups. Second, DACON the bigot moronically demands the Arch of Titus in Rome be destroyed. It is an Italian not Vatican antiquity over which the Church has no authority and it is in fact just that an antiquity celebrating the ancient pagan Romans conquest of Judea…should every world monument denoting past injustices or wrongs be torn down?

    I’d like some other Jewish readers of Algemeiner to join me in denouncing this pathological Christian-hater; bigotry is ALWAYS wrong.

  • STOP THE MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES

    CLOSE ALL EVANGELIST CENTERS CONVERTING JEWS
    CLOSE ALL JEWS4j centers converting JEWS

    TAKE DOWN THE CELEBRATION OF DEATH TO JEWS IN ROME
    CALLED THE ‘ARCH OF TITUS.

    RETURN ALL ARTIFACS,
    ALL MANUSCRIPS
    THE LIST OF FORCED CONVERSIONS DURING AND BEFORE WW11

    GIVE UP YOUR CLAIMS TO ANY LAND AND PROPERTY IN JERUSALEM

    REMOVE FORCED CHURCH/CLAIMS TO KING DAVIDS TOMB

    DO ALL THIS THEN I MAY BELIEVE YOU FRANCIS
    AND NOT UNTIL THEN…CAN I SAY YOUR MY FRIEND.

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