Pope calls for effort to defend persecuted Christians
Condemns anti-Semitism in audience with Simon Wiesenthal Center24 October, 14:48
''I think with special pain about the suffering, marginalization and authentic persecutions which far from few Christians are suffering in several countries worldwide'', the pontiff said.
''Let's join forces to sponsor a culture of togetherness, respect, understanding and reciprocal forgiveness'', he told representatives of the Los Angeles-based group.
''I have stressed several times in the past few weeks the Church's censure of any form of anti-Semitism', the pontiff also said.
All forms of intolerance must be confronted, the pope noted, as ''wherever any minority is persecuted and marginalized because of its religious or ethnic convictions, all of society's goodness is in danger and we must all feel involved''.