On Monday morning, Pope Francis met with European Rabbis for the first time. Previous Popes have never met at the Conference of European Rabbi, but antisemitic hate crimes have changed that. During the historic meeting, the Pope declared all Christians must apologize for all forms of anti-Semitism, and show their willingness to unify with Jewish people. He also stated violent acts against Christians should likewise be ceased; and went on to condemn anti-Semitism in the Europe meeting with the Rabbis.
The congregation was held right before the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, which is the declaration of the church with non-Christian religion. The declaration was announced to bestow the idea that Jews were the people God held most dear, and the death of Jesus cannot be charged against any Jews, of all distinctions, alive then and today.
The Pope met the Rabbis in the Vatican, and he stated that the Jewish community dialogue with the Catholic church has been working in a way that has become very structured. Though the structure has not been improving, Francis condemning anti-Semitism in Europe during the Rabbis meeting is one step closer to bringing the folks of each religion together.
The Copenhagen shootings that took place in February have caused a lot of controversy between European and Israeli leaders. The European leaders were angry with the attacks, because many Europeans are Jewish. However, the Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reclaimed the time when the Jewish died on European land once before, and wanted Jews to understand that their home is in Israel. While other Jewish leaders disagreed with Netanyahu, declared they must take more precautions protecting Jewish communities, due to the rise of anti-Semitism.
Francis believes the attacks have taken place because Europe is filled with non-religious individuals as well as atheism, the country’s society is led by the thought that there is no God. The mindset forces some people to believe they rule everything around them, and it causes disruption within the communities because people feel there is nobody above them. Although people have their free will, it does not mean that individuals can hate certain groups that do not follow the same belief system.
Studies have began to document the many attacks against the Jewish community, officials are finding that when one anti-Jewish group leaves Jewish people alone they are against other religions. The Jewish have found themselves emerging with other minority religions to protect themselves from slaughter, circumcisions, and kosher ban. Many of these integrated minority groups have began to grow in European communities, and it is believed to put anti-Semitism to an end in the near future.
It is recorded the violence has been rising since the early 2000s. The problem with controlling the violence is hard for officials to establish because it takes a lot to declare anti-Semitism is taking place. Anti-semitism must be measured and they are hard to describe, reporting the incidents must derive from different forms of data, and rely on strong testimonies.
Jewish individuals have been asked for prejudice protection for years, and European leaders are working hard to ease Jewish people minds of feeling unsafe. Pope Francis condemning the anti-Semitism acts is capable of helping the Jewish and other minority religions to earn their protection from others. Francis being able to stop the attacks completely with the power of God, not only helps the Jewish but allows everyone from different religions to live in freedom to roam freely with their chosen beliefs.
The anti-Semitism attacks are sure to decline soon, with minority religious groups joining together in unity to protect one another from forced religious acts. Pope Francis condemning anti-Semitism in Europe in the Rabbi meeting marks a change in history.
By Krystle Mitchell
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