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Education & Outreach INTERFAITH AFFAIRS

Pope John Paul II at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Pope John Paul II at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Grzegorz Galazka

Canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

ADL welcomed the announcement by the Vatican of the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, saying that “for us in the Jewish community, they’ve already been saints for a long time.”  In announcing the move toward sainthood, which will be formalized on April 27, Pope Francis cited his predecessors’ holiness and achievements, including their fostering of more positive relations with the Jewish people by advancing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council..

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Interfaith Coalition on Mosques

Violence Against Egyptian Coptic Christians

The League condemned the latest round of violence against Egypt's Coptic Christians and urged the country's civilian and military leadership to take immediate meaningful steps to protect the Coptic community and its institutions.

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New Pope Francis

ADL national director Abraham Foxman said that the election of Pope Francis is a "significant moment in the history of the Church," and that his "sensitivity to the Jews emerges from this work in his comments on the Church’s approach to the Jewish people since Vatican II, the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict."

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Pope Francis
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