Jews and Christians Must Be a Blessing to One Another
September 29, Pope John Paul II received a delegation from the Anti-Defamation
League at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Their visit immediately
followed the presentation of credentials by the first Ambassador
of Israel to the Vatican. David H. Strassler, ADL national chairman,
addressed His Holiness, who then responded.
convictions lie behind the following words which I wrote on the
occasion of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Uprising
in the Warsaw Ghetto: "As Christians and Jews, following the
example of the faith of Abraham, we are called to be a blessing
for the world [cf. Gen. 12:2]. This is the common task awaiting
us. It is therefore necessary for us, Christians and Jews, to be
first a blessing to one another. This will effectively occur
if we are united in the face of evils which are still threatening:
indifference and prejudice, as well as displays of anti-Semitism"
[April 21, 1993].
it not the bond of friendship which in many cases during the terrible
days of the past inspired the courage of Christians who helped their
Jewish brothers and sisters, even at the cost of their own lives?
Truly, nobody has greater love than the one who lays down his life
for his friends [cf. John 15:13]. Friendship stands against exclusion
and makes people stand together in the face of threat.
our friendship, strengthened by our respect for divine Providence,
bring us ever closer, for the good of the whole world.
September 29, 1994