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Pope Francis hopes to continue good Jewish-Catholic rapport

Chief Rabbi invited to papal inauguration

Pope Francis hopes to continue good Jewish-Catholic rapport

Rome, March 14 - Newly elected Pope Francis invited Rome's Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni to his inauguration, saying that he wanted warm relations between the two religions to continue. "I truly hope to contribute to the progress that the relationship between Jews and Catholics has undergone starting with the Vatican Council II, in the spirit of renewed cooperation," he wrote. On Wednesday, Di Segni sent his best wishes to the newly elected on behalf of the city's Jewish community. "I express my best wishes to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has been elected Francis, so that he can lead the Catholic Church with strength and wisdom in the coming years," Di Segni said. "The Church's relationship with Rome's Jewish Community and its dialogue with Judaism have made important steps (forward)," Di Segni said. Photo: Pope John Paul II and Rabbi Elio Toaff

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