May 12, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI welcomed a delegation from the B'nai B'rith community to the Vatican. Their name means 'Sons of the Covenant' in Hebrew and they're the oldest Jewish service group organization in the world. They work on projects of community service and provide scholarships to Jewish youth.
The pope noted that the group plays an important role in Jewish-Catholic relations, as well as providing much needed charity throughout the world.
Members of the B'nai B'rith community asked for continued support from the Vatican for the state of Israel and denounced the wave of religious persecution towards Christians in other countries throughout the Middle East.
During the meeting, Benedict XVI also noted the cooperation between Jews and Catholics over the past year between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See, 2011 also marks the fortieth anniversary of meetings between the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee.