|Vatican||RABBIS WITHDRAW FROM VATICAN INTERFAITH MEETING|
The Vatican has had to cancel a meeting between Christians and Jews because two rabbis dropped out in protest at the recent Dominus Iesus declaration.|
The symposium, planned for next week, was a Holy Year event and was to include speeches by three cardinals and two Italian rabbis: Elio Toaff, chief rabbi of Rome, and Abramo Piattelli.
Rabbi Piattelli said: "Rabbi Toaff and I wrote a letter to the organisers telling them that in the climate created after the views expressed by Cardinal (Joseph) Ratzinger we could no longer take part in such an event."
Rabbi Toaff had struck up a warm relationship with John Paul after welcoming him to Rome's main synagogue in 1986 - a first ever visit by a Pope to a Jewish house of worship.
|25 Sep 00|