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Pope Boniface IX Orders Crusaders Not to Harm Jews

Pope Boniface IX, 1754

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Pope Boniface IX issues a papal bull instructing Christians not to harm Jews, not to steal their property, not to forcibly baptize Jews and Jewish children, and not to desecrate Jewish cemeteries.

This is essentially a confirmation of the earlier papal bull Sicut Judaeis ("and thus to the Jews," better known as the "Constitution for the Jews"), originally written in 1120 by Pope Calixtus II.

It was intended to protect Jews from being assaulted by Crusaders moving across Europe, and it's reissued or reaffirmed by several popes. The fact that it needs to be repeated on a regular basis is a strong indication that the instructions in the bull aren't being followed.

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