Pope Innocent IV Issues Encyclical Condemning Blood Libels Against Jews

Pope Innocent IV Issues Encyclical Condemning Blood Libels Against Jews

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Pope Innocent IV issues the encyclical Lacrimabilem Judaeorum condemning blood libels against Jews.

Innocent writes:

"They are falsely accused that in the same solemnity [Passover] they receive communion with the heart of a murdered child.

This, it is believed, is required by their Law, although it is clearly contrary to it. No matter where a dead body is discovered, their persecutors wickedly cast it against them."

Blood libels will continue to play an important role in Christian anti-Semitism throughout most of European history. Even the Nazis will use the accusation to encourage distrust of Jews in preparation for rounding them up and deporting them.

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