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Pope receives Jewish leaders, discusses immigration

September 28, 2016

Pope Francis discussed immigration with the leaders of the World Jewish Congress at a meeting in Domus Sanctae Marthae on the evening of September 26.

“Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants,” Pope Francis told the Jewish leaders, according to the World Jewish Congress. “Europe is closing itself up. Europe is lacking creativity. Europe has a falling birth rate, and problems of high unemployment.”

“We need more friendliness and kindness, and we should not be afraid to speak out against brutality,” the Pope added. “We should go on a joint journey together to make the world more secure. We need to speak out for peace.”

“We Jews have all been immigrants,” Ronald Lauder, the World Jewish Congress’s president, responded. “We understand the situation the immigrants find themselves in … We pray for peace.”

 
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