Pope calls for efforts by Christians and Jews to stop world wars
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Pope Francis said today that Jews and Christians pursue common goals and appealed to the ecumenical spirit to help stop world conflicts such as the “sacrilegious war” in Ukraine.

Addressing a 200-member World Jewish Congress delegation, Francis said the shared religious heritage of Jews and Christians should be an incentive to act together for brotherhood and peace.

Francis classified the war in Ukraine as sacrilegious, recalling that it “threatens Jews and Christians, depriving them of their loved ones, their homes and their lives”, and stressing that this is a moment to join ecumenical efforts in favor of peace .

Francis recalled that since the Second Vatican Council, organizations of Jews and Catholics have sought to find common solutions, saying that the visit of the World Jewish Congress delegation “witnesses and strengthens the bonds of friendship” between the Holy See and Jewish communities.

The Pope underlined that Jews and Christians not only profess faith in a single Creator of heaven and earth, but also “share a similar vision of final things, shaped by the confidence that on the path of life we ​​do not advance towards nothingness, but towards a encounter with the Most High who cares for us”.

For the Pope, the religious heritage that Christians and Jews share must be seen as “an incentive to act together” to “make the world more fraternal, combating forms of inequality and promoting greater justice, so that peace does not remain a promise from another world, but become a present reality”.

For this reason, Francis admitted that, while the world continues to be marked by war, which he reiterated is a “defeat for all humanity”, joint efforts must be insisted on to prepare the way for peace.

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