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Pope tells rabbi of Church's love for Jews


Pope Benedict XVI talked of the Church's love for the Jewish people when he received the chief rabbi of Rome in audience.

Zenit reports that "Shalom!" was the greeting the Pope expressed on Monday when welcoming Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni and a Jewish delegation, on the eve of Italy's national day to further Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

"The Catholic Church is close to you and is your friend," the Holy Father told the rabbi. "Yes, we love you and cannot but love you, 'through the Fathers.'"

Benedict XVI said: "We cannot fail to denounce and fight firmly against the hatred and misunderstanding, the injustice and violence that continue to worry the soul of men and women of good will."

He added: "How can we not be pained and concerned over the renewal of manifestations of anti-Semitism?"

For his part, the Jewish representative invited Benedict XVI to visit Rome's main synagogue, on the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's historic visit to that temple, on April 13, 1986.

In the audience, Benedict XVI observed: "Many are the needs and challenges of Rome and the world, which invite us to unite our hands and hearts in concrete initiatives of solidarity, 'tzede' [justice] and 'tzedekah' [charity]."

"Together, we can work to transmit the torch of the Ten Commandments and of hope to the young generations," he said.

The chief rabbi thanked the Pope for his public commitment against anti-Semitism and fundamentalist terrorism.

SOURCE
Benedict XVI Tells Rabbi of Church's Love for Jews (Zenit 16/1/06)

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Benedict XVI's Address to Chief Rabbi of Rome (Zenit 16/1/06)

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18 Jan 2006