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Deploring all forms of anti-Semitism

· Speaking to rabbis of Europe, the Pope invites Jews and Christians to maintain the sense of religion in society ·

“Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people”. Pope Francis highlighted this on Monday morning, 20 April, to the Conference of European Rabbis.

“Today, in Europe,” the Pope said, “it is more important than ever to emphasize the spiritual and religious dimension of human life. In a society increasingly marked by secularism and threatened by atheism, we run the risk of living as if God did not exist. People are often tempted to take the place of God, to consider themselves the criterion of all things, to control them, to use everything according to their own will. It is so important to remember, however, that our life is a gift from God, and that we must depend on him, confide in him, and turn towards him always. Jews and Christians have the blessing but also the responsibility to help preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society, by our witness to the sanctity of God and human life. God is holy, and the life he has given is holy and inviolable”.

The Pope's address 

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Sept. 21, 2018

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