Skip to comments.Fight Against Secularism Unites Jews, Catholics, Pope Says
Posted on 06/25/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT by haffast
VATICAN CITY Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience.
Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God and in favor of peace, which is, above all, Gods gift, the Bishop of Rome told members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations June 24.
Friendly relations are, in a way, the basis for the development of a more official dialogue, he added.
The audience with the Jewish leaders was also attended by Cardinal Kurt Koch, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as well as head of the Vaticans Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews and members of that office.
The committee has held 21 meetings with Catholics so far, and Pope Francis said this has certainly helped to reinforce mutual understanding and the links of friendship between them.
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And so did Pope Emeritus XVI.
I love this Pope.
Sure it does. That's why the obama administration classifies American Catholics as "terrorists" and stonewalls Jewish organizations' tax-exemption applications.
Before he was a devoted husband and father, or a U.S. Senator, or a presidential candidate of historic accomplishments, Barack Obama took a job working as a community organizer for a group of eight Catholic parishes in one of the nations largest cities. With funding from the U.S. Bishops and working for three years out of an office in a Catholic church rectory, he embarked on a campaign to empower the lives of thousands of people who were suffering through economic circumstances not unlike what has befallen our country today.
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Jerry Filteau | Jun. 22, 2009
2009 was a long time ago. He's added more terrorists this year! Can you name any?
And those stupid Joos. 69% voted for O in 2012. /sarc
Notice that unlike one of his very long tenured predecessors he did NOT refer to the “Abrahamic faiths”.
Guess which one was excluded!