ADL Commends Pope Francis for Unwavering Condemnation of Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, April 20, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended Pope Francis’ consistent comments about the evil of anti-Semitism. Speaking to a group of European rabbis, the Pope once again unequivocally decried anti-Semitic violence and rhetoric.

In his remarks to the rabbis today, Pope Francis referred to anti-Semitic trends in Europe as “troubling” and said that every Christian “must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people.”

“Since his election, Pope Francis has consistently and unhesitatingly spoken out against anti-Semitism, thus continuing the tradition of his predecessors since the time of Pope John XXIII and Nostra Aetate,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

Rabbi David Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs, added: “As we see anti-Semitism, religious hatred and violence increasing in the world, the strong stance of the pope and his willingness to make his voice heard are both essential and most welcome.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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