World Jewish Congress, Pope Francis to Discuss Religious Persecution

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Pope Francis, hailed by many as relatively progressive on LGBT inclusion. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis will meet a World Jewish Congress delegation at his residence in Rome Wednesday evening in honor of Rosh Hashana.

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the WJC, will lead the delegation composed by worldwide representatives such as Robert Singer, CEO of WJC and Claudio Epelman, Director of WJC Latin America in Argentina.

The persecution of Christians around the world will be among the topics covered in the meeting.

Lauder has repeatedly claimed the oppression of Christians is one of the world's most pressing issues. In a recent letter to The New York Times, Lauder wondered: "Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?"

Ronald S. Lauder was elected President in 2007 based on his deep commitment to Jewish heritage evident through a wide range of international philanthropic endeavors.

Lauder has also recently been outspoken against European anti-Semitism, specifically praising Germany's recent publicized efforts to combat the surge of abuse against European Jewry.

Ronald Lauder. Credit: AP

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