Thursday, September 20, 2007

Benedict XVI Wishes Chief Rabbi a Happy New Year

Benedict XVI Wishes Chief Rabbi a Happy New Year

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 19, 2007 ( Benedict XVI sent the Chief Rabbi of Rome a message for the Jewish festivities celebrated this month.

The Pope expressed in a message his "most cordial and sincere best wishes" to Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni and the entire Jewish community in Italy's capital.

The Jewish calendar marks Rosh Hashana (New Year) Sept. 12-14; Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Sept. 21-22; and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

"These festivities," the Holy Father wrote, "can be occasions for many blessings from the Eternal and a source of immense joy, so that the will to promote the peace that the world so greatly needs will grow within each one of us. May God in his goodness protect your community and grant that the friendship between us deepen, in this city of Rome and everywhere."

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