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October 13, 2013 2:49 pm

Pope Tells Jewish Community Leaders Christianity and Anti-Semitism Are ‘Incompatible’

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Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with Pope Francis April 30, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible, the Pope told a group of Jewish community members Saturday during a meeting at the Vatican, the Catholic News Agency reported.

“It’s a contradiction that a Christian is anti-Semitic: His roots are Jewish,” the Pontiff told an audience that included the Chief Rabbi of Rome, the President of the Jewish Community of Rome and the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. “A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic! Let Anti-Semitism be banished from the heart and life of every man and every woman!”

Pope Francis, who recalled his own close relationship with the Jewish community in his native Argentina, observed that the two faiths share much in common, including the Ten Commandments as a solid basis for morality in a society that he said is “disoriented by an extreme diversity of choices and positions, and marked by a relativism which does not have many firm or safe points of reference.”

The Pope made headlines late last month after he hosted his close friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka for several days at his Vatican residence.

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According to La Stampa’s Vatican Insider the visit was of an historic nature.

“Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more  they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world,” the paper wrote.

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  • THE ROMAN EMPEROR CONSTANTINE THE FIRST SELF APPOINTED POPE 325 A.D. TO 364A.D. CHANGED THE COMMANDMENTS SABBATH SATURDAY TO SUNDAY…AND DELETED THE SECOND AND MADE TWO OUT OF THE TENTH. SO HOW DO WE SHARE HASHEMS COMMANDMENTS ??? ALL THIS WAS DONE AT SWORD POINT… RATZINGER WAS HEAD OF THE INQUISITION… SO WHAT DO WE HAVE IN COMMON?? HASHEM SAID YOU WILL KEEP THEM TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS ( GENESIS 3500 YEARS AGO A BIBLICAL GENERATION IS 40 YEARS THATS ONLY 87.5 GENERATIONS SO SOOOOMMMMEEEEE BODY REALLY NEEDS A REALITY CHECK.. THIS NEW POPE IS A JESUIT … GOOGLE THE JESUIT CREED…. PLEASE DO IT!!! AND TAKE THE POPES TITLE ( VICARIUS FILE DIE) AND PUT THE NUMERICAL VALUE TO EACH LETTER IN ROMAN NUMEROLOGY AND SEE WHAT YOU GET!!! YOU CAN WRITE HIS TITLE IN HEBREW GREEK AND LATIN AND BREAK IT DOWN AND ALL YOU GET IS 666……….

  • Umana Yana

    The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion. War shall cease between nations, and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen as a new world, and all men will live as brothers.

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  • Ben Sternberg

    For every intelligent man there are three shmocks walking the earth.
    ‘Idols, artifacts,false gods, pagan worship’ – what ignorant, superstitious meshugas Dacon9 displays in his brief comments. He would not recognise a Kiddush Hashem if he tripped over it !
    Take off your ‘shtrammel’ Mr D9, remove your blinkers and take a fresh look at this near-miracle.

    • Umana Yana

      The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion. War shall cease between nations, and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen as a new world, and all men will live as brothers.

  • Sandy Brown

    He is not my cup of tea!

  • Jeff Blumberg

    I will believe the integrity of the new Pope when he calls for serious changes to the Gospel story that tells how the Jews killed Jesus. This story designed to pacify the Romans is still at the forefront of christian liturgy today and is the cornerstone of their faith and belief. Let’s wait and see? I’m a sceptic and a cynic!

    • ROSENDO J. GAMBOA

      ROSENDO

  • Stephen Logan

    We Christians have much to be ashamed of as an organized religion. Too many times we have turned a blind eye to the persecution of Jews or even participated in and fostered anti-semitism to our shame. That is certainly not what Yeshua taught us. He commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

    Fortunately there have been many examples of Christians who have stood up, at great cost, to defend the Jews. Deidrich Bonhoffer was one, so too was St Paul and now finally a Pope.

    This could not have happened unless G-d did it! The praise belongs to Him!

  • Irving D, Cohen

    I am 93 years of age, so that I have lived through the papacy of many popes, but I have NEVER seen any pope as honest, candid and righteous as Pope Francis. If he stays alive long enough, GOD BLESS HIM) he may, single-handedly, eliminate a good portion of the Jew-hatred and racial-hared that has poisoned so many otherwise decent people.

  • lawrence kulak

    wouldn’t it be funny if this Pope turned out to be Jewish. He sure acts like a yid.

    • GideonSwort

      “Acts like a yid”.

      Be more specific Kulak, what acts give him away?
      Do you suspect him of being a Crypto “yid”, or is he an Elder of Zion mole?

      Which is it Kulak?

  • Fred

    Let his voice be heard outside the Vatican in view of the new anti Semitism spread by Arab money in Europe and elsewhere.

  • Carol

    Pope Francis is someone to be proud of. He sets a beautiful example to people around the world about living in harmony.

  • Rick Kaminer

    The Rabbi visiting the Vatican and celebrating Simchas Torah and other simchas is of historic nature. This clearly opens a new chapter in the relations of jews vs Christians and not a moment too soon. Considering all the anti-Semitism that is sweeping Europe, not to mention the many other regions. We are fortunate to hear Rabbi Abraham Skorka the Jewish friend of the Pope speak at sutton Place Synagogue in NY and get all this first hand. He will be speaking November 1st and 2nd of November. That is another historic moment.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Alevai !
    Nice of you, Feri Bacsi. Yet, naturam mutare difficile est !

  • Beware Catholics bearing gifts…

  • Efram Paul

    I believe this pope is the real deal. He does not just say the right things, he does the right things. Just think what a wonderful world this would have been had he been pope earlier in history. He is a credit to his faith.

  • Brian Goldfarb

    Only 2000 years late!

    • Federico Hernandez

      Mr. Brian Goldfarb is very right! Only 2000 years late!

      • Federico Hernandez

        Why did it take so long?

  • IT IS RELIGIOUSLY A SIN FOR A JEW TO STEP FOOT INTO ANY INSTITUTION THAT DISPLAYS CROSSES, IDOLS AND ANY ARTIFACS CELEBRATING FALSE gods, IDOLs AND PAGAN WORSHIP.

    any that does is a fool.
    NOT TO ME BUT TO THE HEAVENS

    • Jeffrey Justin

      Dacon 9….You must stay home a lot,try to get out more . It’s good for your health and peace of mind

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