New Document issued by Catholic-Jewish conference in Poland.
An international Catholic-Jewish conference focusing on issues related to refugees has just wrapped up in Warsaw, Poland.
The agenda of the meeting focused on the theme “The ‘Other’ in Jewish and Catholic Tradition: Refugees in Today’s World.”
It aimed to provide a religious and academic basis for discussions and in-depth analyses of how both the Jewish and Roman Catholic traditions and sources view “the other.”
Speaking during the event, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference pointed out that the biblical approach to exile is more flexible than contemporary law.
He said exile is a matter much more serious than leaving one’s country in search of a better life: “It is linked not just to leaving one’s homeland but also leaving it in connection with threats to one’s life, health or freedom.”
Participants reflected on the fact that anti-Semitism, in both speech and action, has resurfaced in Europe and elsewhere, and persecution of Christians, most notably in much of the Middle East and parts of Africa, has reached levels not seen in a long time.