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Jewish Feasts: Pope’s Good Wishes to the Community of Rome

On the Occasion of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succoth

“May the Almighty bless us with the gift of peace and awaken in us a greater engagement in promoting it untiringly,” said Pope Francis on greeting  the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, and the Jewish community, on the occasion of the feast of Rosh Hashanah, (Jewish New Year) Yom Kippur (Day of the Great Pardon) and Succoth (Feast of the Tabernacles), reported “Vatican News in Italian on September 18, 2018.

In fact, the Pope wrote a message, which was made public today by Rome’s Jewish community.

“On the occasion of the solemn celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succoth, I am happy to address to you, as well as to the Jewish community of Rome, my sincerest best wishes.” “I sincerely hope that the festivities to come, reviving the memory of the benefits received from the Most High, may be for the world Jewish community a source of supplementary graces and spiritual consolation,” wrote Pope Francis to Rabbi Di Segni.

“In His infinite goodness, may He reinforce everywhere our bonds of friendship and the desire to foster a constant dialogue for the good of all,” concluded the Holy Father. “Shalom Alechem,” peace to you, he added in Hebrew.

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