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Anti-semitic group interrupts event

A woman tries to stop a group of young men, members of ultra-conservative members of the breakaway Catholic Lefebvre organization, from praying out loud to disrupt an inter-religious ceremony at the Buenos Aires Cathedral yesterday to remember the victims of “Crystal Night,” the night of November 9-10, 1938 when German Nazis attacked Jewish people and property.

A group of ultra-conservative members of the breakaway Catholic Lefebvre organization attempted to interrupt a joint Judeo-Christian ceremony to commemorate the Night of Broken Glass at Buenos Aires City’s Metropolitan Cathedral by praying the rosary.

“A group of them attempted to spill their poison on the victims of the Holocaust,” said DAIA Jewish community group head Julio Schlosser, who was present at the meeting. “It’s very dangerous if we do not all publicly condemn acts like these, everyone, Jews, Catholics and Muslims.”

As the incident developed and the Lefebvrists, mainly youths, were insulted for their actions, Father Fernando Giannetti requested they leave in the name of Buenos Aires Archbishop Mario Poli, calling for those in attendance not to submit to “an act of provocation.”

After some minutes of tension, police officials arrived at the Cathedral, although they did not intervene, while Giannetti prayed Saint Francis of Assisi’s Prayer for Peace.

As the incident ended and the Lefebvrists departed, Poli started the ceremony: “Beloved Jewish brothers, please feel at home, because Christians want it this way, despite these glimpses of intolerance.”

“Their presence here does not desacrilize a temple of God. Let us make peace in this meeting as Pope Francis desires,” he added amid applause.

The subsequent liturgy, organized jointly by the Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue Committee and Argentina’s B’nai B’rith, included reflections by Poli and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the dean of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary. The liturgy was based on a document written by Rabbi León Klenicki and Catholic Theologian Eugene Fischer titled “From Death to Hope.”

After texts were read condemning the genocide of the Holocaust and the sympathy expressed by Popes Benedict XVI and Francis were emphasized, a moment of silence was held for the recognition of “previous silence, that of muted consciences that accepted persecutions and were indifferent to degradation and crime.”

Lefebvrists in argentina

Nelson Williamson, who had a leading role in a seminary in Moreno, Buenos Aires province, was one of four priests who were illicitly ordained as bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

Since the late 1980s, Williamson has been accused of antisemitism and Holocaust denial. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the declared automatic excommunications of the four bishops that Marcel Lefebvre had consecrated, as they had requested.

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