No other Pope has done more to heal the painful wounds and did more than anyone else in history to effectively erase the scourge of antisemitism, emphasized the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich in his Sunday, May 17, 2020, announcement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II.
He points out that the Jewish community of Poland, together with Jews throughout the world, always remembers the life of Pope John Paul II. “In the centennial year of his birth, we take a moment to recognize the profound impact he had on the world as a whole and for us particularly on Jewish-Christian reconciliation and dialogue. Pope John Paul II embodied the essential quality of mutual respect and honoring every human being as a creation of God. No other Pope has done more to heal the painful wounds and did more than anyone else in history to effectively erase the scourge of antisemitism” – wrote Rabbi Schudrich.
He notes that Pope John Paul took bold steps within the contacts with the Jewish community. “Recognizing Jewish suffering during his visit to Auschwitz, acknowledging the State of Israel as central to Jewish life and faith and apologizing for Christian persecution of Jews throughout history, act as testaments to his ultimate aspiration regarding Jewish/Christian relations: the Pope stated his unwavering desire to not just mend the fracture but to +deepen dialogue in loyalty and friendship, in respect for one another’s convictions, taking as a fundamental basis the elements of the revelation which we have in common as a great spiritual patrimony+” – he emphasized.