Pope Francis has sent a message to Riccardo De Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Rome, the most ancient in the world, on the occasion of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah 5777), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), celebrated this month.
Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening and concludes Tuesday.
Yom Kippur begins the evening of Oct. 11, and Sukkot the evening of Oct. 16.
“I am particularly glad to convey my warmest wishes to you and the Jewish community of Rome. My sentiment extends also to Jewish communities throughout the world, in the hope that the upcoming festivities may be harbingers of abundant blessings to all. May the Almighty grant peace and the tireless wish to promote it. In His eternal mercy, may He grant hope and serenity in our times and strengthen the cordial bonds of friendship between us”.