This Day in Jewish History 1348: Jews Aren't Behind the Black Death, Pope Clarifies

The Jews were also dying of plague, Pope Clement VI pointed out in two bulls, with unusual rationality for the time but to very little avail.

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On July 6, 1348, Pope Clement VI issued the first of two bulls instructing Christians not to blame the Jews for the plague epidemic then sweeping across Europe. Noting that Jews too were dying from the Black...