Statement on the 25th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's Papacy
New York, NY, October 15, 2003 … On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's papacy. Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
The Anti-Defamation League congratulates Pope John Paul II on the 25th anniversary of his papacy. His deep commitment to reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people has been fundamental to his papacy.
Jews throughout the world are deeply grateful to the Pope. He has defended the Jewish people at all times, as a priest in his native Poland and during his pontificate. John Paul has denounced anti-Semitism as a "sin against God and humanity," called upon all Christians to avoid any anti-Jewish interpretation of scriptures, and recommended caution in preaching and teaching.
The Holy Father has paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust at the Vatican, in European countries, and in Israel. His spiritual pilgrimage to the Synagogue of Rome was the first by a pope since the time of Peter, and his address there spanned centuries of mistrust.
In 1994 Pope John Paul II took the historic step of establishing relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel.
We pray that he remains healthy for many years to come, that he achieves much success in his holy work and that Catholic-Jewish relations continue to flourish.
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