On International Holocaust Remembrance Day Pope Francis meets with European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor at the Vatican

(Rome, Friday, 27th January 2016) –European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor met with the Pope in the Vatican today and said that he considers the audience a gesture of brotherhood towards every Jew.

“Jews still bear the marks of the Shoah in their hearts and even today continue to be threatened by Antisemitism in all its vicious forms,” Dr. Kantor said, praising the visit by the Pope to Auschwitz last year.

"The Holocaust is a memorial to human cruelty" the Pope replied.

Dr. Kantor spoke with the Pope about many other issues, especially commending him for his strong moral approach against terrorism and extremism.

“We commend your condemnation of global terrorism, and join you in your fight against what you described as ‘the plague of terrorism’,” Dr. Kantor said. “We need a reaffirmation of the principles that bind the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, about what unites us and say a strong no to violence and hate, and yes to tolerance and reconciliation.”

The issue of the persecution and destruction of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East was also discussed at the meeting.

The Pope and Dr. Kantor also spoke about interfaith work and building bridges between the two communities.