Members of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee said anti-Semitism was still thriving in the world and increasing Christian persecution demanded a stronger outcry. Committee members underlined that "anti-Semitism is real."
The first global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows that more than a quarter of the world's population harbors intense anti-Jewish sentiment, with region, more than religion, shaping people's view of Jews and Judaism.
The poll, released Tuesday by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, also finds that a large proportion of the world has never heard of the Holocaust or denies historical accounts of it.
Of those polled, 46 percent have either not heard of the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews or think it is a myth or exaggerated.
Commentary: It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on the eve of the international day of Holocaust remembrance.
A majority of respondents in a recent Polish national survey believe there’s a Jewish conspiracy to control international banking and the media.