This picture taken on April 19, 2019 shows children using sticks to beat an effigy of Judas on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 in the town of Pruchnik, Poland. / AFP / Hubert Lewkowicz
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The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.The figure represented Judas, the disciple of Christ who betrayed him according to the New Testament.A leading church figure who opposed anti-Semitism in the church was the Polish pope, John Paul II, who considered Jews to be Christians' "elder brothers" in the faith.
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