- Jan 22, 2020
The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.
The World Jewish Congress has expressed its “disgust and outrage” following reports that an effigy made to look like a stereotypical Jew was hanged and burned in a Polish town as part of an Easter ritual.
Pope Francis had an audience with members of a think tank on global antisemitism, which reported worrying trends across Europe but stated that populism is not the issue.
Romans marched on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of when over one thousand Jews were taken from their homes by Nazis in 1943 and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. As anti-semitic sentiments rise in Europe and the United States, Catholic and Jewish organizers of the event praise fruitful dialogue and invite faithful not to forget the lessons from the past.
A new survey found a slight increase in Americans with anti-Semitic views, totaling 14 percent of the population, since Donald Trump began his campaign for president. Researchers found that most Americans do not view Trump as personally anti-Semitic, but almost half said he should have done more to discourage anti-Semitism during the presidential campaign.
Following an act of vandalism against at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput called on the clergy, religious and laypeople “to join in prayerful solidarity with the families of those whose final resting places have been disturbed. Violence and hate against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable.”