Sunday 20 October 2019

It's sinful for Christians to hold anti-Semitic views, insists Pope


Pope Francis. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis. Photo: Reuters

Philip Pullella

Pope Francis yesterday branded anti-Semitism part of a wave of "depraved hatred" sweeping some countries.

In comments to members of the American Jewish Committee during a visit to the Vatican, he said it was sinful for Christians to hold anti-Semitic sentiments because they shared a heritage with Jews.

"A source of great concern to me is the spread of a climate of wickedness and fury, in which an excessive and depraved hatred is taking root," Francis said.

"I think especially of the outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks in various countries."

More than 500 anti-Semitic attacks occurred last year in France, which has Europe's biggest Jewish community.

Episodes of anti-Semitism have coincided with the rise of populist parties in countries such as Germany, Poland, Italy and Hungary.

Irish Independent

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