Pope Francis: ‘Inside every Christian is a Jew’

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Pope Francis told an elderly audience he, too, is "a little bit sick" and he's said he doesn't think his pontificate will last more than five years. Creative Commons image by the Catholic Church (England and Wales)

Creative Commons image by the Catholic Church (England and Wales)

Pope Francis told an elderly audience he, too, is "a little bit sick" and he's said he doesn't think his pontificate will last more than five years. Creative Commons image by the Catholic Church (England and Wales)

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) "Every day, I pray with the Psalms of David," Pope Francis said. "My prayer is Jewish, then I have the Eucharist, which is Christian."

  • Marie

    You wrote: “Pope Francis told an interviewer that ‘inside every Christian is a Jew’.”

    No, he did NOT tell the interviewer that. The conversation actually went like this, which I’m sure you know:

    The interviewer asked: “You told me a year ago that ‘within every Christian there is a Jew’.”

    To which Francis responded thusly: “Perhaps it would be more correct to say ‘you cannot live your Christianity, you cannot be a real Christian, if you do not recognize your Jewish roots.’ I don’t speak of Jewish in the sense of the Semitic race but rather in the religious sense. I think that inter-religious dialogue needs to deepen in this, in Christianity’s Jewish root and in the Christian flowering of Judaism…”

    I get that you are looking for catchy headlines, but really, try to be a bit more accurate in your reporting.

  • Atheist Max


    Unfortunately, your clarification points out why religion only leads to divisions, tribalism and misery.

    Religion is the needless divider of people. It pretends there is one true god for each man-made tribe we create.

    One person can arbitrarily decide that the god will unify us. And ten minutes later someone like you can decide that the God actually divides us.
    The futility of religion is just unbearable. It is all nonsense.

    We are one race.
    Humans are all ONE species; Homo Sapiens.
    We ALL evolved from a large tribe in Africa a million years ago.

    There is no evidence of any God. Peace is only possible if we all throw away this religion nonsense.

  • Reyanna Rice

    You state “During Friday’s interview with the Barcelona daily…”. The interview was done Monday, June 9, not Friday.

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  • Rabbi Saul of Tarsus

    For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on him;
    – Romans 10:12

    For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one spirit.
    – 1 Corinthians 12:13

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    – Galatians 3:28

    a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
    – Colossians 3:11

  • Leo

    Any headline out of context to capture attention will due.

  • Lynne Newington

    Well either way, he’s imititating only what John XX111 has said [no plagerism restrictions there], the difference being his successors beginning with JP11, had long distance agendas apart from any peace deal.
    This latest fanfare with Shimon Peres is about his plans in 2009 to give up sovereignty over Holy sites which was squashed by the Israeli government. The Palestinians still have one or two the Vatican are yearning to have authority over too and their chances increased since being accepted as a member of UNESCO.

  • Atheist Max

    @Rabbi Saul of Tarsus,

    You make my argument for me!

    “bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me as their king and execute them in front of me.” – Jesus (Luke 19:27)

  • Atheist Max

“The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)
“Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)
“Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)


    “Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood.” (Jeremiah 48:10
“Seize all the non-believers and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight…” (Numbers 25:1-9) 

    “bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me as their king and EXECUTE THEM in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

    “The Master shall cut him to pieces” – Jesus (Luke 12)

    Peace comes from Humanism. Not religion.
    Religion is trash.

  • Dave

    It’s pretty important to realise when reading quotes of Luke 19.27 that Jesus was telling a parable about nobleman, and that’s who was calling for the execution. In the New Testament “nobleman” can usually be used interchangeably with “oppressor of the poor”. Just thought it worth a mention.

  • Atheist Max


    Jesus is playing the part of nobleman in Luke 19:27 – the lesson of the parable is to be fearful and obedient to one’s master.

    It is the most immoral of Jesus’ parables.
    Furthermore, if Jesus was a god he would have to know that this parable would be used to argue in favor of killing sinners for the next 2000 years.
    As it was.

  • Jonathan J. Turner

    Nice bold touch as well!

  • rob T


  • Peter

    Max, quoting a verse from a parable out of context to make a false point is certainly what someone would expect from someone interested in peace. Right? Peaceful humanist max? Trying to stir up trouble Max?

    But you know what, it is ironic that you picked that verse. As a fool, or hater of God, you may find yourself hearing something quite similar said about you only moments after your current body dies.

    And that would be very sad. Jesus loves you Max, but he will not force you to love him back. You condemn yourself.

  • Peter

    Excuse me, Max, but what authority do you have to judge someone else’s morals, considering your worldview does not allow objective morals, and the only basis you have to make that judgment is borrowed from the Bible anyway.

    Do you really believe you don’t have to bow to a higher authority? I’ll ask again when you’re in hospice.

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  • Melanie Pollock

    Get to know Jesus, he is real. One touch from Him and hatred crumbles, it doesn’t matter about religion anymore, governments fade into the background as you start to become aware of Him, as heaven opens up and glimpses of the truth start to dawn in your heart and understanding. One touch from Him and you want to love your human brother, to help him……. Greed slips away as you realise that everything you need is truly supplied. Just one touch and erroneous preaching, teaching and skew understanding dissolves. He comes alive in your heart and this supercedes all human understanding.

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  • Mike

    Out of Africa has been disproven. One large tribe?!?! LOL. All the same!?! LOL.
    You atheists are just as much aggressive zealots as the christians you love to hate.

  • Your god is the negro, since you strive to be like him so much

  • And if you touch Jebus enough, you’ll squirt yourself and die of a holy heart attack and go be with your savior in his batcave.

  • Purna Pagol

    I wanted t hit like button…yes i like thi…my religion is human…and human should be highest value of humanity…before was god, nw is money…all funny trying to divide us t so they can control us..divide and conquer.

    this human body is a church..imagib ne if human would have same value as god and money what would this wolrd look like