Rome: Benedict XVI’s Wishes for the Jewish New Year

Source: FSSPX News

Benedict XVI delivered his wishes to the Jewish community of Rome on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, on September 29, 2011. 

In a telegram sent to Riccardo Di Segni, the Chief Rabbi of Rome, the Pope specifically expressed the wish “that all believers be motivated by an ever increasing desire to promote justice and peace in a world which has so much need for authentic witnesses to truth.” He also reaffirmed his wish to deepen “the friendship between Jews and Christians in this city of Rome and throughout the world.” He invoked the protection of God on the Jewish community, wishing “these important feasts may be an occasion for many blessings from on high, and a source of infinite grace.” As if the old Law had not been replaced by a superior Covenant of which Jesus is the guarantor, as stated St. Paul to the Hebrews (Heb. 7:22).

Rosh Hashanah falls at the beginning of autumn and is the first day of the Jewish year. It commemorates the anniversary of the Creation. The holiday opens a ten day period of penance, prayer, and reconciliation. The tenth day is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The Pope had already expressed such wishes last year.