Argentina is ‘open to All Religions,’ President Frondizi Declares

Arturo Frondizi, president of Argentina, declared yesterday at the closing session of the Eucharist Congress that while Argentina “conserves intact the Catholic faith,” it is “open to all faiths, ideas and influences. “He added that Christianity preached the unity and equality of all men beyond frontiers and races.

Cardinal Fernando Cento, the Apostolic delegate to the Congress, received a delegation of the Cordoba Jewish community headed by Dr. Marcos Solmesky, president of the local DAIA. Dr. Jamie Pompas, secretary of the local DAIA, expressed the pleasure of the Jewish community in the presence of the Cardinal, who replied that the Vatican always has a “paternal” interest in Jews everywhere.

He cited as examples the efforts of Pope Benedictus XV who in the early days of the first World War tried “every means” to help Jews, and the public condemnation by the late Pope Pius XII of Hitler’s racial persecutions. The Cardinal mentioned the action by the present Pope, John XXIII, in deleting phrases offensive to Jews from the Holy Friday Mass.

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