Pope Francis was speaking after receiving a delegation from the ancient community of Mountain Jews to discuss Holocaust anniversaries and the problems of anti-Semitism in the world today. It is the first time a pope has received anyone from the World Congress of Mountain Jews, a community that dates back to the 5th century. Mountain Jews are descended from the Persian Jews who came from modern-day Iran. About one and a half thousand of them were killed during the Holocaust, mostly from Crimea. Pope Francis said: "The attempt to replace the God of goodness with the idolatry of power and the ideology of hatred ended in the folly of exterminating human beings. "Consequently, religious freedom is a supreme good to be safeguarded, a fundamental human right and a bulwark against the claims of totalitarianism." The Pope went on to note that there are still anti-Semitic attitudes in society today. "As I have often repeated, a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots," he added.