Highlights Importance of Educating Youth on Progress of Jewish-Catholic Dialogue
Vatican City, (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho EstevesEarly this afternoon, Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish organization that promotes human rights. The meeting was scheduled previously by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who, the Holy Father said, “remains in our affectionate thoughts and prayers.
Emphasizing the Church’s condemnation on all forms of anti-Semitism, Pope Francis called for the confrontation against intolerance. Minorities persecute because of their faith or ethnicity, he stressed, endangers the well-being of society.
“With particular sadness I think of the sufferings, the marginalization and the very real persecutions which not a few Christians are undergoing in various countries,” the Pope said. “Let us combine our efforts in promoting a culture of encounter, respect, understanding and mutual forgiveness.”
Highlighting the importance of education as a means to transmit a living witness, Pope Francis told the delegation conveyed the importance of educating youth of not only the past difficulties in the history of Jewish-Catholic dialogue, “but also an awareness of the progress made in recent decades.”
Concluding his address, the Holy Father encouraged the Simon Wiesenthal Center to continue their work in passing onto youth ” the importance of working together to reject walls and build bridges between our cultures and our faith traditions.”