AJC With Pope Francis in Rome


February 10, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This week, an AJC group will meet with Pope Francis in Rome.

We have great admiration for the Pope – for his warmth, humility, and outreach to other faiths.

As Jews, we especially value his close ties with the Jewish community in his native Argentina.

That included his solidarity with the Jewish community there, after a terrorist attack in 1994 targeted a Jewish site and killed scores of people.

And we appreciate his condemnations of anti-Semitism.

Last year, for example, Pope Francis declared: “Because of our common roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic.”

Since our founding in 1906, AJC has sought to advance Catholic-Jewish relations.

Together with our Catholic friends we’ve made previously unimaginable strides.

Today, the relationship is one of deep understanding and profound mutual respect.

And it’s in that spirit we travel to Rome for our meeting.

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This is David Harris of AJC.