May 23, 2011

One of the greatest contributions believers in God can make to the struggle for human rights is to strengthen awareness that human beings are created in God's image, Pope Benedict told representatives of a major Jewish human rights organization.

Meeting a 21-member delegation from B'nai B'rith International May 12, the pope said "one of the most important things that we can do together is bear common witness to our deeply held belief that every man and woman is created in the divine image and thus possessed of inviolable dignity."

Christians and Jews should have a common commitment to promoting a healthy view of the role of religion in society "as a corrective to a purely horizontal, and consequently truncated, vision of the human person" that ignores their connection to the divine and the eternal, he said.