Rome — Pope Francis praised Hungarian Jews and Christians in his visit to Budapest Sunday for striving to view each other and work together “as brothers and sisters.”
While noting that the threat of antisemitism is “still lurking in Europe and elsewhere,” the pontiff declared that the best way to defuse it “is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity” as Jews and Christians are doing in Hungary.
“I express my appreciation for your efforts to break down the walls that separated us in the past,” the pope stated. “Jews and Christians alike, you strive to view one another no longer as strangers but as friends, no longer as foes but as brothers and sisters.”
“This change of outlook is blessed by God; it is a conversion that makes possible new beginnings, a purification that brings new life,” he added.
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