“And the Lord said to Abraham: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake… What if there be five less than fifty just persons?... And He said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? I will not do it, if I find thirty there…What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten shall be found there? And the Lord said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. And the Lord departed… And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And He destroyed these cities, and all the country about…” (Genesis, Chapters 19-20)
Pope Benedict XIV: “Surely it is not in vain that the Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews from the rising of the sun to its setting, that the Lord God may remove the veil from their hearts, that they may be rescued from their darkness into the light of truth.” (A Quo Primum # 4, June 14, 1751)
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