The Pope meets the WJC

September 28, 2016 Agencies
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A delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) led by its president, Ronald S. Lauder, has been received by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

 Pope Francis shaking hands with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, with WJC CEO Robert Singer (r) and the WJC representative to the Vatican, Claudio Epelman, looking on (photo credit: Francesco Sforza)

Pope Francis shaking hands with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, with WJC CEO Robert Singer (r) and the WJC representative to the Vatican, Claudio Epelman, looking on (photo credit: Francesco Sforza)

In his address, the pope spoke about the challenge to promote peace in the world and about the refugee crisis. Francis said: “Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants. Europe is closing itself up. Europe is lacking creativity. Europe has a falling birth rate, and problems of high unemployment.”

The pope added: “We need to reflect on integration, which is important. The people who committed the terrorist attacks in Belgium were not properly integrated.”

He also reiterated what he had told Lauder at a previous meeting, that a good Christian could not be an anti-Semite.

The Catholic pontiff said it was important that Christians and Jews speak out against brutality in the world. “We should go on a joint journey together to make the world more secure,” the pope told the Jewish leaders, which included the heads of big Jewish communities in Europe and the Americas.

Ahead of the Rosh Hashana holiday, Pope Francis wished the Jewish world a sweet new year.

The pope said: “We need more friendliness and kindness, and we should not be afraid to speak out against brutality. We should go on a joint journey together to make the world more secure. We need to speak out for peace.”

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder told the Catholic pontiff: “We Jews have all been immigrants. We understand the situation the immigrants find themselves in.” He echoed the pope’s words for peace: “We pray for peace. We need to live in peace.”

The delegation praised Francis for his recent visit to Auschwitz, where he had chosen to remain silent.

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One Response to “The Pope meets the WJC”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    http://inserbia.info/today/2015/02/canon-law-petition-to-pope-by-holocaust-survivors/
    “The Vatican will not acknowledge or answer it [the above petition] even though we served it on them [Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin a special guest at the UNESCO special trubute for Elie Wiesel a valid process]six or seven times in Rome, New York and Belgrade” Jonathon Levy September 26th 2016.
    If the camera doesn’t lie then that’s enough, or is it? Maybe for some.

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