Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope says Christians can't be anti-Semites

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Vatican City, June 24 - Pope Francis on Monday
spoke out against anti-Semitism, calling Christians who are
prejudiced against Jews a contradiction in terms.
"Given our common roots, a Christian cannot be an
anti-Semite," he said at an audience with the International
Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), a
broad-based coalition of Jewish organizations representing
Judaism to other religions.
Francis went on to stress the value of the 1965 Nostra
Aetate, which was the Declaration on the Relation of the Church
with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council.
Part four of the declaration, which was promulgated by Pope
Paul VI, states that even though some Jews during the time of
Christ called for his death, all Jews then and now cannot be
held responsible for 'deicide', as had been commonly preached.
"(The Church) firmly condemns the hate, persecution, and
all manifestations of anti-Semitism," said Francis.
He also recalled the "push" towards dialogue by his
predecessors, with "gestures and documents".

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