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Pope Francis affirms ‘inseparable bond’ between Christians and Jews

21 January 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
 
Pope Francis has visited Rome’s Great Synagogue, stressing that the Church recognises God’s “irrevocable” covenant with Israel along with the unique relationship between Christians and Jews. Francis became the third Pope to visit the city’s synagogue last Sunday following John Paul II in 1986 and Benedict XVI in 2010, writes Christopher Lamb.In his address to the gathering, the Pope said that Jewish-Catholic dialogue was “close to my heart” and called for Jews and Catholics to collaborate in furthering peace in the Holy Land, combating terrorism and protecting the environment. During his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis developed close relations with the Jewish community.On Sunday, the Pope explained  that the Second Vatican Counci




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