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A B’nai B’rith delegation was in attendance June 25 at the first official audience Pope Francis held for international Jewish community leaders. The B’nai B’rith leaders were part of a group from the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the long-standing Jewish representative group for Catholic-Jewish relations.

Honorary B’nai B’rith President Seymour Reich, a past IJCIC chair; B’nai B’rith International Senior Vice President Daniel Citone and B’nai B’rith Rome lodge President Sandro Di Castro participated in the audience at the Vatican.

In remarks on Catholic-Jewish relations, the pope spoke out forcefully against anti-Semitism

In March, B’nai B’rith took part in an interfaith meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, one day after his formal installation.