Francis: boost for Jewish ties18 March 2013
In his first written papal message to non-Catholics, Pope Francis last week greeted the Chief Rabbi of Rome and said he hoped to help to progress relations with Jews.
In a brief but warmly worded communiqué he told Dr Riccardo Di Segni: "On this day of my election as Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the Universal Church I send you my cordial greetings, informing you that the solemn inauguration of my pontificate will take place on Tuesday, 19 March."
"Trusting in the protection of the Most High, I strongly hope to be able to contribute to the progress of the relations that have existed between Jews and Catholics since Vatican Council II in a spirit of renewed collaboration and in service of a world that may always be more in harmony with the Creator's will."
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