Pope Francis

Pope Francis
The election to the papacy of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. of Argentina, on March 13, 2013, to succeed the retired Benedict XVI, was historic in many ways.  He was the first Latin American pope, the first member of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), and the first to choose Saint Francis of Assisi for his papal name. This page presents his texts pertinent to Christian-Jewish and interreligious relations.
Title Date
Message on the occasion of a concert of the Berlin Philharmonic for the 40th Anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way June, 2018
Address to Conference on Violence Committed in the Name of Religion February, 2018
Address to the International Conference on the Responsibility to Fight Antisemitic Hate Crimes January, 2018
"Urbe et Orbe" Christmas Message December, 2017
Homily on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord December, 2017
Reflections of Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka for a Book on the Shoah December, 2017
Address to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem October, 2017
Casa Santa Marta homily: "The gift of God's salvation opens the door to all" October, 2017
Greetings to Orthodox Rabbis Presenting Statement on Catholic-Jewish Relations August, 2017
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Conversion - learning to do good with deeds, not words" March, 2017
Address to Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Jewish Leaders on the Presentation of a New Edition of the Torah February, 2017
Angelus Reflections February, 2017
Address to Participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education (and Institutes of Study) February, 2017
Address to a Delegation of the Anti-Defamation League February, 2017
Casa Santa Marta Homily: "The Astonished Innkeeper" January, 2017
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Clericalism distances the people from the Church" December, 2016
Address to Representatives of Different Religions November, 2016
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Hypocrisy is a Kind of Spiritual Schizophrenia" October, 2016
Condolences on the Death of Shimon Peres September, 2016
Remarks on Refusal to Speak of "Islamic Violence" July, 2016
Remarks on Visit to Auschwitz July, 2016
Pope Francis visits Auschwitz-Birkenau July, 2016
Passover Greetings to Rome's Jewish Community April, 2016
Holy Thursday Homily at Centre for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto March, 2016
Address at the Great Synagogue of Rome January, 2016
Address to Ecumenical and Interreligious Meeting in Kenya November, 2015
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Never Exclude" November, 2015
General Audience Catechesis on 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate October, 2015
Private audience: "Attacks on Jews are anti-Semitism, as are attacks on Israel" October, 2015
Address to the International Council of Christians and Jews June, 2015
Address to Delegation from B'nai B'rith International June, 2015
Address to Ecumenical and Interreligious Meeting in Sarajevo June, 2015
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Those Who Do Not Dialogue Disobey God" April, 2015
Letter to Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni on the Death of Former Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff April, 2015
Address to Delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis April, 2015
Misericordiae Vultus ("The Face of Mercy") April, 2015
Casa Santa Marta homily: "Where There Is No Mercy, There Is No Justice" March, 2015
Casa Santa Marta homily: "There Is No Middle Way to Love God" March, 2015
Letter to the Christians in the Middle East December, 2014
General Audience on the Jewish Family of Jesus December, 2014
Morning Meditation on "Darkness of the Heart" December, 2014
Interview with Ynet Magazine November, 2014
Morning Meditation: Holy Law Is Not an End in Itself October, 2014
Interview excerpts from "La Vanguardia" on Middle East, Pius XII, etc. June, 2014
Sunday Angelus Prayer for Christians Fleeing Mosul, Iraq July, 2014
Sunday Angelus Prayer for Peace in the Middle East July, 2014
Video Remarks on 20th Anniversary of Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center Bombing July, 2014
Address at the Invocation for Peace between Israelis and Palestinians June, 2014
Interview Excerpts on Return Flight to Rome May, 2014
Address to the President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres May, 2014
Address to the Chief Rabbis of Israel May, 2014
Address at Yad Vashem May, 2014
Inscription in Western Wall Guest Book May, 2014
Address upon Arriving in Israel May, 2014
Regina Coeli Prayer in Bethlehem May, 2014
Address to Palestinian Leaders May, 2014
Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium January, 2014
"The Pope: how the Church will change" October, 2013
Letter to Non-Believers September, 2013
Pope Francis: My advice is always “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue" July, 2013
Greetings to Muslims for the End of Ramadan July, 2013
Address to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations June, 2013
On Giving Christian Witness June, 2013
News report: "Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace" May, 2013
Passover Greetings to Rome's Jewish Community March, 2013
Address to Representatives of the Churches, Ecclesial Communities and Other Religions March, 2013
Greetings to the Chief Rabbi of Rome March, 2013