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Jewish human rights organisation recognises Pope's "lifelong friendship"

Representatives of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights organisation based in the US, have gave Pope John Paul II the centre's 2003 Humanitarian Award for his "lifelong friendship" with the Jewish people and for his efforts to promote Catholic-Jewish understanding.

A delegation led by Wiesenthal Centre founder and dean Rabbi Marvin Hier met the Holy Father on Monday.

Rabbi Hier called on the Pope to lead the worldwide campaign making suicide bombings crimes against humanity and urged him to address the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe.

The pope thanked the Centre for the award and told the representatives: "In these difficult times, let us pray that all peoples everywhere will be strengthened in their commitment to mutual understanding, reconciliation and peace."

Jewish human rights organisation recognises Pope's "lifelong friendship" (Catholic News Service 1/12/03)

Simon Weisenthal Centre | Wiesenthal Center presents Pope John Paul II with humanitarian award; Calls on Pope to lead worldwide campaign against suicide bombers | Rabbi Hier's Remarks | Pope John Paul II's Remarks
Wiesenthal Center Awards Pope for Efforts in Judeo-Christian Dialogue (Zenit 1/12/03)
Wiesenthal Centre delegation meet with Pope (Jerusalem Post 1/12/03)

3 Dec 2003