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“(The Church) rejects all forms of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism, incontestably condemning all manifestations of hatred against Jews and Judaism as a sin against God,” the pontiff wrote in a letter to the Jewish population of Israel dated February 2 and released this Saturday (3).
“Together with you, we Catholics are very concerned about the terrible increase in attacks against Jews around the world. We hoped that ‘never again’ would be a motto heard by new generations,” he said.
The pope stated that wars and polarization are increasing around the world in a kind of “fragmented world war” that impacts the lives of many populations.
October 7th attack
Francisco, 87, condemned the attack by the terrorist group Hamas on October 7 in southern Israel. He also said on several occasions that a two-state solution was needed to end the conflict.
In the letter, the pope again called for the release of hostages still being held by the terrorist group Hamas.
He further said that his heart was broken to see the conflict in the Holy Land and the division and hatred resulting from that war, adding that the world was looking at the unfolding events with “apprehension and pain”.
The pope reinforced his closeness and affection to the Jewish community, “particularly (towards those) consumed by anguish, pain, fear and even anger”, and once again called for an end to the war.
Francis said he prayed for peace. “My heart is close to you, to the Holy Land, to all the people who inhabit it, Israelis and Palestinians, and I pray that the desire for peace prevails in everyone”.