Pope John Paul II: In His Own Words

Introduction
On Israel
On the Holocaust
On Judaism
Shared Spiritual Patrimony
Recalling the Common Heritage of Jews and Christians
Anti-Semitism is Unjustified and Reprehensible
Abhorrence for Genocide Against Jews
"A Special Relationship" with Heirs of Patriarchs and Prophets of Israel
Importance of Dialogue Based on Sincere Esteem
Jews as "Elder Brothers"
Sincere Sorrow for the Suffering of the Jews
Spiritual Unity with Jews
Address to Jewish Community
Opposing Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia
To German Bishops: Commitment to Protecting Jews
The Need to Triumph Over the Antagonisms of the Past
The Right of Jews to Return to the Land of Their Ancestors
Jews and Christians Must Be a Blessing to One Another


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The Need to Triumph Over the Antagonisms of the Past

On Friday, July 2, the Holy Father received a group of Jewish and Christian young people who were on pilgrimage together to Rome and Jerusalem. The Pope addressed them in English, congratulating them on their efforts to promote understanding among people of monotheistic faiths.

Together you are going up to Jerusalem, the City of Peace," a "symbol of coming together, of union and of universal peace for the human family" [Apostolic Letter on the City of Jerusalem, April 20, 1984). Your pilgrimage is one more hopeful sign of the cooperation which the world of today needs so desperately from believers [cf. Message for the World Day of Peace, 1992, No. 1]. Through such deeds of solidarity may the power of the Lord of all righteousness triumph over the antagonisms of the past and the strife of the present, so that in the days to come all men and women will live together in mutual concord and respect.

July 2, 1993



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