Pope Francis Affirms Christians’ Special Relationship with Jews Amid Rising Antisemitism and Gaza War
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

VATICAN CITY  — In a letter addressed to the Jews of Israel, Pope Francis reiterated the special relationship between Christians and Jews, expressing concern over the surge in antisemitism following the outbreak of the Gaza war. The pontiff acknowledged that the Holy Land has been engulfed in “unprecedented violence,” describing it as a part of a “piecemeal world war” with severe consequences for many populations.

“My heart is torn at the sight of what is happening in the Holy Land, by the power of so much division and so much hatred,” wrote Pope Francis. “The whole world looks on at what is happening in that land with apprehension and pain.”

The letter served as an attempt at mending relations after the Pope faced criticism for his initial response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel. Francis acknowledged the communication he received from Jewish organizations worldwide, expressing closeness, affection, and a desire for collaboration to eradicate the surge in attacks against Jews globally.

“Catholics are very concerned about the terrible increase in attacks against Jews around the world. We had hoped that ‘never again’ would be a refrain heard by the new generations, yet now we see that the path ahead requires ever closer collaboration to eradicate these phenomena,” stated the Pope.

Addressing Israeli Jews, Pope Francis emphasized solidarity, expressing his closeness to the Holy Land and all its inhabitants. He called for a joint commitment to a path of friendship, solidarity, and cooperation, envisioning a future where light replaces darkness, friendship overcomes hatred, and cooperation replaces war.

“Together, Jews and Catholics, we must commit ourselves to this path of friendship, solidarity, and cooperation in seeking ways to repair a destroyed world,” Pope Francis wrote, emphasizing the importance of recovering the ability to see the image of God in every person’s face.

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