2017-02-15 / World News

Pope Francis meets delegation from ADL

Pope Francis, meeting a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, denounced “widespread” anti-Semitism.

“Sadly, anti-Semitism, which I again denounce in all its forms as completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person, is still widespread today,” Francis said, according to a transcript of his remarks released by the Vatican.

The pontiff also reiterated a statement released on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark declaration on Catholic-Jewish relations from 1965, that the church “feels particularly obliged to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies.”

In a series of tweets, ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt said the encounter was both meaningful and powerful.

“Blessed to have met w @pontifex who talked about fight ag #antisemitism which he called ‘completely contrary to Christian principles,’” Greenblatt tweeted. (JTA)

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