Vatican New, by Lisa Zengarini: Welcoming 200 members of the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) lead by its President Ronald S. Lauder, on Tuesday, Pope Francis said the common religious heritage of Jews and Christians should be seen as an “incentive to act together” for a more fraternal and peaceful world.
In his address the Pope recalled that from the Second Vatican Council, the organization has been in dialogue with the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and noted that their visit “testifies to and strengthens the bonds of friendship” between the Holy See and the Jewish communities.
A common religious heritage
He noted that Jews and Christians, not only profess faith in the one Maker of heaven and earth, who created every human being in His own image and likeness, and has revealed Himself to humanity, but also “share a similar outlook on the final things, shaped by trust that on the journey of life we are not advancing towards nothingness, but towards an encounter with the Most High who cares for us”.
“While there may be different conceptions in Judaism and Christianity about how this fulfilment will come about, the consoling promise that we share remains”, he said.
Working together for peace and fraternity
The religious heritage that Christians and Jews share should, therefore be, regarded as “an incentive to act together” to “make the world more fraternal, combatting forms of inequality and promoting greater justice, so that peace will not remain an otherworldly promise, but become a present reality in our world. “Common and concrete initiatives aimed at promoting justice call for courage, cooperation and creativity”, Pope Francis further noted.
As the world continues to be marred by war, which he reiterated is a “defeat for all humanity”, the Pope hence called for a joint effort to pave the way for peace.
The “sacrilegious” war in Ukraine
He referred again, in particular, to the “great sacrilegious war” waging on in Ukraine, which, he noted, “threatens Jews and Christians alike, depriving them of their loved ones, their homes, their property and their very lives!”
“As Jews and Christians, let us seek to do all that is humanly possible in order to put an end to war and to pave paths of peace.”
Concluding Pope Francis thanked the delegation for the visit, expressing the wish that the Most High may lead Jews and Christian together in the way of peace.
The World Jewish Congress
The World Jewish Congress represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world advocating on their behalf towards governments, parliaments, international organizations and other faiths. Since its foundation in 1936, the WJC has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of Jews, advocating for justice for Holocaust victims and their heirs, and countering resurgent anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of Israel.
For decades, the WJC has maintained privileged relations with the Holy See in developing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church. The Congress is also engaged in fostering interfaith relations with other Christian churches, representatives of Islamic communities, and other faiths.
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And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth…And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. – Revelation 17:9,12-14.