Jewish leaders praise Pope for stance on Israel

As Pope Benedict resigns, Sephardi Chief Rabbi says he should be remembered for battle against anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial.

February 12, 2013 00:22
Pope Benedict embraces President Peres in Jerusalem, May 11, 2009

Pope Benedict embraces President Peres in Jerusalem 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Tributes to Pope Benedict’s attitude and approach to the Jewish people and Israel during his tenure as the head of the Roman Catholic Church came quickly following his decision to resign on Monday.

The pontiff is widely seen as having helped promote relations between the Church and the Jewish people, and was ardent in his denunciations of anti-Semitism throughout his time as pope, condemning a resurgent form of anti-Semitism and deploring the phenomenon of Holocaust denial.

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