Vatican City, Nov 5, 2018 / 06:48 am
Pope Francis strongly condemned anti-Semitism, recalling the living memory of the Holocaust in Europe, during a meeting with rabbis at the Vatican Monday.
"As I have often repeated, a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots," Pope Francis told a delegation from the World Congress of Mountain Jews Nov. 5.
"Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community," he continued.
The Vatican audience was the first time that representatives of the Mountain Jews of the Caucasus, descendents of the ancient Persian Jewish community, met with a Roman pontiff.