Pope Francis meets with B’nai B’rith International delegation

Pope Francis. Credit: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Pope Francis met with a delegation of Jewish leaders from B’nai B’rith International on Thursday at the Vatican, where he called for continued Jewish and Christian cooperation “for the good of the peoples of our time.”

Pope Francis said that “respect for life and creation, human dignity, justice, and solidarity unite us for the development of society and for securing a future rich in hope for generations to come,” Vatican Radio reported. 

Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith is the world’s oldest Jewish service organization and works to fight anti-Semitism and other human rights abuses, in addition to providing humanitarian aid and emergency assistance to those in need.   

The meeting with Pope Francis “provided us an opportunity to directly reaffirm the bond between the Jewish community and Catholics worldwide” and “also gave our delegation an important chance to discuss urgent issues in the Middle East that affect both faiths in the region,” B’nai B’rith Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

Posted on June 26, 2015 .