In a brief visit to Hungary, the pontiff told an ecumenical meeting in Budapest with leaders of other Christian denominations and the Jewish community: “I think of the threat of antisemitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere.” He added that “this is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn. And the best way to defuse it is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity.”
He urged Christian leaders top commit to an “education in fraternity” to stand up against hatred.
The Pope then travelled to Slovakia, where he told the Jewish community: “Your history is our history, your sufferings are our sufferings.”
Speaking in Rybné Námestie Square, which used to be the heart of Bratislava’s Jewish quarter, the Pope said that “G-d’s name was dishonored” in “a frenzy of hatred” during WWII.