From his frequent denunciations of antisemitism to his close friendship with an Argentine rabbi, Pope Francis has long been a friend of the Jews.
The Board of the Wallenberg Foundation has resolved to erect a monument that will pay tribute to the life and humanitarian feats of Angelo Roncalli
"I stress that for a Christian any form of anti-Semitism is a rejection of one's own origins, a complete contradiction," Francis said.
Researchers may have to investigate the archives for several years before coming to any conclusions.
The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: "I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days."
Israeli Rabbi Avraham Steinberg and Argentinean Rabbi Fernando Szlajen were designated as members of the Pontifical Academy of Life.
‘This visit could be of enormous historical importance,’ Paul VI said
"May Israelis and Palestinians have the courage and the determination to write a new page of history."
For despite everything the Church had done to us throughout the centuries, the Jews had survived and returned to our Land, once again worshiping the Creator freely in Jerusalem.
The Pope, who embraced Peres on arrival, told him that together they would raise their voices for peace.