Tags: pope | synagogue | rome

Pope Answers Longtime Invite to Visit Rome Synagogue

Thursday, 02 Jul 2009 03:33 PM

By Edward Pentin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Rome’s synagogue this fall, although a date has not been set.

The visit, which is expected in November, has been “openly discussed and can be confirmed,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

The Jewish place of worship across the Tiber River belongs to the oldest Judaic community in Europe and is one of the oldest continuous Jewish settlements in the world, dating back to 161 B.C.

It also was the venue for Pope John Paul II’s historic visit in 1986, when he became the first pontiff ever to set foot inside a synagogue. His gesture helped confirm a path of friendship between Christians and Jews, in the spirit of Nostra Aetate, the declaration of the Second Vatican Council that sought to improve relations between the Roman Catholic Church and non-Christians.

Chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni is “very pleased” at the news, synagogue officials said.

The invitation to visit the synagogue has been on the table for more than three years but has it come to fruition only now, perhaps because of recent tensions in Catholic-Jewish relations.

The Pope has been trying to steer relations back on course, thanking certain Jewish leaders for their understanding following the lifting of the excommunication on the Holocaust-denying, Lefebvrian Bishop Richard Williamson, and decrying anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial during his recent trip to the Holy Land.

Describing John Paul II’s 1986 visit, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale wrote: “No trip of this pilgrim Pope to any continent was so long as the one he made today; the short distance between the Vatican palace and the synagogue of Rome took two thousand years to cover.” However, the visit didn’t go down well with some Catholics who felt that John Paul had too readily overturned 2000 years of papal and Church conduct with the Jewish religion.

Details of Benedict XVI’s visit might be made public before he departs for his July 13-29 vacation in northern Italy.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: Change in Speaker Rules Could Harm GOP Dissenters

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 23:27 PM

House Republicans are considering a plan on selecting future speakers in an effort to avoid the embarrassing vote surrou . . .

Rep. Stockman to Newsmax: Arm Kurds, Don't Train Syrian Rebels

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:36 PM

Instead of spending any of the $500 million Congress approved this week to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic Stat . . .

Ted Cruz: A Nuclear Iran Remains 'Most Significant Threat'

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 20:42 PM

Iran's nuclear ambitions are a bigger threat to America than the Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Sen. Ted Cruz says.

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved