Pope Benedict XVI, meeting Thursday with representatives of a Jewish group, said that religion should never be used to justify hatred and violence and praised every effort to rid faiths of such misuse.
"May the Eternal One, our Father in heaven, bless every effort to eliminate from our world any misuse of religion as an excuse for hatred or violence," Benedict told a delegation of the Anti-Defamation League, a US group that fights racism and anti-Semitism.
The pope reiterated his condemnation of anti-Semitism, saying that "the Church deplores all forms of hatred or persecution directed against the Jews and all displays of anti-Semitism at any time and from any source."
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