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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday sent a special message to Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Dr. Riccardo di Segni, extending his best wishes as the Jewish Community celebrates the Feast of Passover.
The feast, which commemorates God’s delivery of Israel out of Egypt and slavery, begins at dusk on Friday, April 22 and ends on Saturday, April 30.
Here below we publish an English translation of the Pope’s message.
Illustrious Dr. RICCARDO DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi of Rome
Jewish Community of Rome – Great Synagogue
Lungotevere Cenci – 00186 ROME
In grateful remembrance of our meeting last January 17, when I was cordially welcomed by you and the Jewish Community of the city in the Great Synagogue, I wish to express my heartfelt wishes for the feast of Passover. It recalls how the Almighty liberated his beloved People from slavery and led them to the Promised Land. May He accompany you also today with His abundant blessings, may He protect your community and in His mercy, and grant peace to each of you. I ask you to pray for me, as I assure you of my prayers: May the Most High grant that we may grow ever more in friendship.