» 10/24/2013, 00.00
Pope calls for opposition to all forms of intolerance, from anti-Semitism to the persecution of Christians
During a meeting with a delegation from the "Simon Wiesenthal Center", Francis renews his condemnation of all forms of discrimination, be they religious or ethnic, stressing instead the need to "promote a culture of encounter, of mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness ".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Wherever a "minority is persecuted and marginalised
on account of its religious beliefs or ethnic origin, the good of society as a
whole is placed in danger, and we must all consider ourselves affected."
This applies to "any form of anti-Semitism" as well as "real
persecution experienced by many Christians in various countries throughout the
In this morning's
audience with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organisation
set up to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, Pope Francis took the opportunity
to renew his condemnation of all forms of discrimination, be they religious or
ethnic. He also stressed the need to "to promote a culture of encounter,
of mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness".
participation in such meetings is "a sign of
and consideration for the Bishops of
Rome," Francis said, "for which I am grateful". In addition, for the pope expressed his respect for
"the work to which you dedicate
yourselves, i.e. fighting all forms of racism, intolerance and
anti-Semitism, preserving the memory of the Shoah and promoting mutual
understanding through education and social action."
The Holy Father
went on to say, "I have repeated many times, in recent weeks, the Church's condemnation
of any form of anti-Semitism. Today I would like to underline that the problem
of intolerance must be faced in its entirety: when any minority is persecuted
and marginalised on account of its religious beliefs or ethnic origin, the good
of society as a whole is placed in danger, and we must all consider ourselves
affected. I think with particular sadness of the suffering, marginalisation and
real persecution experienced by many Christians in various countries throughout
the world. Let us unite our strengths to promote a culture of encounter, of
mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness".
"In order to
build such a culture, I must underline the importance of education, which is
the transmission of knowledge, but also the passing down of lived experience,
that presupposes the establishment of a communion of life, of an 'alliance'
with the young generations, always open to the truth. Indeed, we must be able
to transmit to them not only knowledge about Jewish-Catholic dialogue, about
the difficulties overcome and the progress made in recent decades; we must,
above all, be able to transmit to them our passion for encounter and knowledge
of the other, promoting the active and responsible involvement of young people.
In this, shared commitment to the service of society and to its weakest members
takes on a role of great importance".
his address, the Holy Father encouraged the members of the Simon Wiesenthal
Center to continue "transmitting to the young the values of common efforts to
refuse walls and to build bridges between our cultures and traditions of faith.
Go ahead, with trust, courage and hope. Shalom!"
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