Pope decries ‘barbaric resurgence’ of anti-Semitism
Pope Francis condemned the “barbaric resurgence” of anti-Semitism and criticised the selfish indifference that is creating the conditions for division, populism and hatred.
“I will never tire of firmly condemning every form of anti-Semitism,” the pope told a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organisation based in Los Angeles that combats hate and anti-Semitism around the world.
Meeting the delegation at the Vatican on 20th January, the pope said, “It is troubling to see, in many parts of the world, an increase in a selfish indifference” that cares only about whatever is easy for oneself and lacks concern for others.
It is an attitude that believes “life is good as long as it is good for me, and when things go wrong, anger and malice are unleashed. This creates a fertile ground for the forms of factionalism and populism we see around us. Hatred rapidly grows on this ground,” he added.
To tackle the root cause of the problem, he said, “we must commit ourselves also to tilling the soil in which hatred grows and sowing peace instead.”
Picture: Pope Francis accepts a gift as he leads a meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organisation, at the Vatican on 20th January 2020. The pope told the group, “I will never tire of firmly condemning every form of anti-Semitism.” (CNS photo/Vatican Media).Tags: anti-Semitism, barbaric, Pope, Pope Francis