B’nai B’rith received by the Pope

Source: FSSPX News


On December 18, Benedict XVI received members of the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith at the Vatican. The pope addressed his guests in the following words: “Today, in the spirit of understanding, respect and mutual appreciation which is developing between our communities, I welcome you, as well as all those you represent.”

“Jews and Christians are called to work together to heal the world, though the promotion of the spiritual and moral values rooted in the convictions of our faith.” “This rich heritage of the faith, our common spiritual patrimony,” enables our two communities to enter into dialogue, but also to be partners, working together for the good of the human family. “Our troubled world needs the testimony of people of good will,” and “our voice will be all the more convincing if it answers the needs of the human family.”

“All believers are challenged to show that it is not hatred and violence but understanding and peaceful cooperation which open the door for this future of justice and peace which is the promise and the gift of God.” Shalom alechem, concluded the pope, in Hebrew - peace be with you!

Founded in the United States in 1843 the B’nai B’rith, which in Hebrew means “Sons of the Alliance” is an NGO present in various international institutions, including the UN, UNESCO, and the European Parliament. Among the objectives set by its founders, the main purpose of the organization is to “gather the Jews in fraternity and harmony” in order to bring about the unity of the Jewish people.