Greetings of Benedict XVI to the Chief Rabbi of Rome

Source: FSSPX News

Benoît XVI and Riccardo Di Segni last January at the Rome Synagogue.

On September 10 the pope sent a telegram to Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, on the occasion of the holidays of Rosh Hashanah 5771 (the Jewish new year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkoth (Feast of Booths).

“I am pleased to extent my cordial greeting to the whole community of Rome, hoping that these holidays will bring it joy and the blessings of the Eternal One.  May we all increase in our willingness to promote justice and peace, which are so necessary for our world.”  Then Benedict XVI recalled his visit to the Roman synagogue this past January 17 with sentiments of gratitude and affection.  The pope concluded by asking that “God, in his goodness, may protect the whole community, and grant that we may grow in mutual friendship, in Rome and throughout the world.”

Meanwhile in France, at the joint initiative of the National Service for Relations with Judaism and the Committee for Christians and Jews of the Protestant Federation of France, Sunday, September 19, 2010, was selected “to sensitize Christians to the fact that our faith is rooted in the Covenant made by God with the Jewish people and to the importance of forming personal ties of acquaintance and mutual esteem”.  The Archdiocese of Paris thus invites “every Christian to send to Jewish persons whom he knows a greeting card” expressing friendship and sympathy, and recalls the calendar of Jewish holidays on this occasion.