Pontiff Congratulates Chief Rabbi of Rome

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2011 (Zenit.org). Benedict XVI is sending his best wishes to the chief rabbi of Rome for three Jewish festivities marked in these weeks.

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The Pope sent his greetings to Riccardo Di Segni for the Jewish festivities of Rosh Hashanah 5772 (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), which fall in the months of September and October.

He expressed his hope that «these important feasts may be an occasion for many blessings from on high, and a source of infinite grace.»

«May the desire grow in all of us to promote justice and peace in the world, which has great need of authentic witnesses of truth,» the Holy Father said. «May God in his goodness protect the Jewish community and allow us to deepen our friendship, both here in Rome and all over the world.»

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