Pope Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism and Improve Jewish Ties to Church

June 9, 2005

Source: BBC News


On June 9, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pope Benedict XVI has met Jewish leaders for the first time since his election, saying he wants to continue improving relations between the faiths. He said he wanted to follow on from the work of his predecessor John Paul II. He spoke of what he called historical, moral and theological problems raised by the Holocaust - when millions of Jews were killed by Nazi Germany. The German-born Pope added that the Roman Catholic Church remained committed to fighting anti-Semitism. 'At the very beginning of my Pontificate, I wish to assure you that the Church remains firmly committed, in her catechesis and in every aspect of her life, to implementing this decisive teaching,' he told the 25 delegates led by an American rabbi, Israel Singer. Pope Benedict's predecessor Pope John Paul II, who died on 2 April, was the first pope to visit a synagogue and the Nazi concentration camps."