Pope's Visit to Rome Synagogue: It's Part of a Continuing Journey by ProQuest


Pope Benedict XVI just became the second pontiff in history to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome. His predecessor, John Paul II, had delivered a major address there in 1986, in which he stressed the spiritual ties between Judaism and Christianity. His remarks included these oft-quoted words: "The Jewish religion is not 'extrinsic' to us, but in a certain way is 'intrinsic' to our own religion. With Judaism therefore we have a relationship that we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers and, in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers."In his address at the Rome synagogue last month, Pope Benedict said that his "visit forms a part of the journey already begun, to confirm and deepen it." He went on to express his commitment to "the people of the covenant." He also expressed horror over the Nazi "extermination of the people of the covenant of [Moses]."

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