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Jews, Catholics agree to fight anti-Semitism

The historic meeting of Jewish Rabbis and Catholic Cardinals in Washington on Tuesday has agreed to find ways to fight anti-Semitism.

Reuters has this to say in the opening to their report:

Some of the world's leading cardinals and rabbis vowed on Tuesday to stand up to a rise of anti-Semitism in Europe at what participants called the highest level talks in the troubled history of Catholics and Jews.

A dozen cardinals, six chief rabbis and a contingent of Europeans, Americans and Israelis said they identified ways to boost religious understanding just days after the pope had a ceremonial meeting with Israel's two chief rabbis in Rome.

"The participants expressed consternation at continuing expressions of hatred in the world, and noted with concern the recent rise of anti-Semitic manifestations," the World Symposium of Catholic Cardinals and Jewish leaders said in a statement at the end of the two-day meeting in New York.

The rare gathering was sponsored by the World Jewish Congress, which wants to bring Jews and Christians closer, building on ties forged over 25 years by Pope John Paul II.

Recent polls have recorded an increase in anti-Semitism in Europe and a disputed European Union study linked anti-Semitism to a surge of violence in the Middle East.

"The main message is a call to the world for a general religious peace," said Patric Desboise, a French priest and spokesman for the Catholic delegation who said the level of the talks was unprecedented.

Reuters – Jews, Catholics Agree to Fight Anti-Semitism

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22 Jan 2004