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November 11, 2013 6:31 pm

Pope Francis on Kristallnacht: Jews are ‘Big Brothers’ of Catholics

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Pope Francis I. Photo: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgPope Francis I called the Jewish people the “big brothers” of Roman Catholics as he marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), the 1938 looting and violence against German Jews and their businesses that is considered the start of the Holocaust atrocities that would follow against European Jews.

“We renew our closeness and solidarity to the Jewish people, our big brothers, and pray to God that the memory of the past and of the sins of the past helps us to be always vigilant against every form of hate and intolerance,” Francis told worshippers outside of St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday mass, according to the European Jewish Press.

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  • steve in johannesburg

    I am wondering if this Pope is legit? Never before has a Pope given Jews the time of day.
    Not complaining, its just odd

  • KJ

    This is the root cause of the hatred towards Jews in America currently. The Dominionist Christians and Catholics are “aligning” themselves with the Jews in pity rhetoric for Jews. The American Liberals and Atheists view the Dominionists as taking away American freedoms and oppression because they ARE. Thus, the outcome? America hates Jews and will view Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as the same, oppressive. Thus, “Israel is Nazi and hypocritical.” The Church will come to save the day but it will oust the Jews, Israel’s sovereignty and all of everyone’s freedoms. Jews and Israel need to start publically responding when statements about Jews, Judaism and Israel are given to the general public. The American people are not paying close attention and are not connecting the dots accurately. Jews will for once have to speak up whether it is comfortable or not. It needs to be televised and not isolated to the news papers.

  • KJ

    Friends but not “brothers.” Can we spell, “The beginnings of ecumenical?”