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Vatican rejects calling Jews 'enemies of the church'

Sect leader's description is 'impossible,' says representative of Pope Benedict XVI

(JTA) The Vatican rejected comments by the head of a breakaway traditionalist group calling Jews “enemies of the church” and reiterated that it was committed to dialogue with the Jewish world.

“It is impossible to speak of the Jews as enemies of the Church,” Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Monday. He said the Catholic Church “is deeply committed to dialogue with Jews” and stressed that the Vatican’s position on this was “clear and well-known.”

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