The pope granted a private audience to the Jewish community of Rome.

Source: FSSPX News

 

On January 16, Benedict XVI granted a private audience to Riccardo Di Segni, Great Rabbi of Rome and to a delegation of the Jewish community of the Italian capital. "We can but denounce and strongly fight against hatred and misunderstandings, injustices and violence which keep bringing concern to the soul of men and women of good will", he declared while recalling that "the people of Israel was many times freed from the hands of the enemy, and in the time of anti-Semitism, at the tragic period of the Shoah, the hand of the Almighty had saved and guided it". "The Catholic Church is close to you and she is a friend", continued Benedict XVI, adding that "Christians are aware of their common responsibility to co-operate to the good of all peoples, in justice and in peace".

Riccardo Di Segni invited the pope to the synagogue of Rome, in the wake of the historical visit of John Paul II: "A unique event, but nothing prevents it from being reiterated by the new pope, who is always welcome." On April 13, 1986, John Paul II, invited by the Great Rabbi Elio Toaff, was the first pope to cross the threshold of a synagogue.

Benedict XVI went to the synagogue of Cologne in August last. The sovereign pontiff insisted on the religious commitment for peace that each denomination must promote.