Pope to Meet with Chief Rabbi of Rome

ROME, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II will receive the chief rabbi of Rome in audience Thursday, just 24 hours before the Pope meets with Iraqi Deputy Vice Minister Tariq Aziz.

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Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni told the press that other rabbis will be present at the audience, including Leone Paserman, head of the local Jewish community.

This is the first time that the chief rabbi, who has been in the post one year, will meet with the Pope in the Vatican. His predecessor, Elio Toaff, was a friend of John Paul II’s.

Rabbi Di Segni told the ANSA agency that the audience is taking place “in sign of the continuity of interreligious dialogue.”

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