Anti-Semitism must be ‘banned from the human community’, Pope Francis says
The pope noted the recent 75th anniversary of the deportation of Rome’s Jews by Nazi occupiers and that November 9 will be the 80th anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’
Vatican City — Pope Francis has called for the eradication of anti-Semitism following an increase in attacks and hate crimes against Jews in several countries and says it is vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. A gunman yelling “All Jews must die” stormed a synagogue in Pittsburgh, US, on October 27, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six other people including four police officers, before he was arrested. “We are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community,” Francis said during a meeting on Monday with rabbis from the World Congress of Mountain Jews. Mountain Jews are the descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus. Francis said the Holocaust, in which the Nazis murdered six-million Jews in Europe during World War Two, must continue to be commemorated to keep its memory alive. “Without a living memory, there will be no future, for if the darkest pages of history do not teach us to avoid the same errors...
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