Bar-Ilan University bestowed its highest Award of Distinction upon Pope Francis on Monday 3 Marcheshvan during a special reception at the Vatican.
The Award of Distinction was presented to the Pope by Bar-Ilan University President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz in recognition of his lifelong efforts and commitment to building bridges between worlds, promoting peace and harmony among nations and creeds, and defending and fighting for human rights.
The Pope is also being honored for his contribution to understanding and tolerance between Christians and Jews and the warmth he has extended toward the Jewish nation, particularly during his official visit to Israel.
“As a microcosm of Israeli society, Bar-Ilan’s doors are open to students of all races and religions. Through a variety of ongoing dialogue programs aimed at fostering understanding and acceptance, Bar-Ilan University has been working to bridge gaps between various sectors of Israeli society for many years. It is, therefore, a deep privilege to be meeting with and honoring the Pope, who has taken it upon himself to undertake this tremendous task on a worldwide scale,” said Rabbi Prof. Hershkowitz.
The reception with Pope Francis and presentation of the Award marked the official opening of a year of festivities in celebration of Bar-Ilan University’s 60th anniversary.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo: Bar Ilan U. website)