Pope reiterates strong condemnation for antisemitism
24 October 2013
The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis reiterated his condemnation for antisemitism and racial intolerance at a speech before a group of delegates from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Thursday.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization founded by famous Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, seeks to confront hate and racism by "promoting human rights and dignity."
In his speech, Pope Francis stated that it is crucial to "combat racism, intolerance, and antisemitism" and that the church condemns such forms of hate. He explained that when these types of actions occur, "the good of the whole society is in danger." The Pope also compared antisemitism to the plight of Christians around the world who continue to endure persecution.
Pope Francis called for unity between the two religious groups in order to foster "a culture of meeting, respect, understanding, and reciprocal forgiveness." The Pope concluded by encouraging the group to continue spreading their message to "refuse walls and build bridges" between the two cultures and faiths.