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Jews, Christians must work together in face of persecution, says Italian Jewish leader

January 19, 2016

As he welcomed Pope Francis to the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities called upon Jews and Christians to “walk together” as they suffer violent persecution.

“Christians and Jews are forced to defend themselves against fierce enemies, who are violent and intolerant, who are using the name of God to spread terror and are committing the most atrocious crimes against humanity,” said Renzo Gattegna, according to a World Jewish Congress report.

“Salvation for all can come only through the creation of a strong coalition, based on shared ethical principles and values such as the respect for life and the quest for peace, capable of winning this challenge by walking together, side by side, with respect for diversity, but at the same time conscious of the many values, principles and hopes that unite us,” he added.

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