Statement by The John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue with its Leaders Network about the Current Crisis 

The John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue Leaders Network, a global community comprising over 130 leaders actively engaged in interreligious dialogue and comprised of esteemed alumni of the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies, expresses profound concern over the disconcerting resurgence of antisemitism within our society. This alarming trend poses an immediate threat to the well-being of innocent individuals who should never be subjected to the indignities of hatred and discrimination. It is our unwavering commitment to stand in solidarity with those affected and tirelessly endeavor to counter antisemitism, thereby promoting a world where all individuals may live free from the shackles of prejudice and fear. 

As leaders and scholars who have ardently pursued academic excellence within the realm of interreligious dialogue, notably through our immersive educational experiences in Israel that have fostered a profound understanding of Judaism, Jewish-Catholic relations, and interfaith dialogue, we unite in issuing a resounding call for peace. 

We categorically condemn terrorism as was recently experienced by the people of Israel. We feel an obligation to show concern for all victims of violence and terrorism. We hope all parties engaged should care for the safety of their people.

We hereby convey our deep condolences and unequivocal condemnation of the recent abhorrent attacks carried out by Hamas. These heinous acts have resulted in loss of life, injuries, and the taking of Israeli civilians as hostages.  We stand in support and solidarity with innocent Palestinian civilians who endure the severe consequences of the acts of terrorism perpetrated by Hamas. Our heartfelt condolences extend to the bereaved families of innocent victims on both sides of this conflict. 

We steadfastly maintain our fervent prayers for peace, unyielding in our belief that the sanctity of life and the dignity of every individual must be upheld, and we remain unwavering in our commitment to advancing the cause of peace within our respective nations and communities.