Pope Francis visits Rome’s Great Synagogue and condemns violence in the name of religion. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Pope Francis visits Rome’s Great Synagogue
Pope Francis makes his first visit to a synagogue as Pontiff.
The temple is just across the Tiber River from the Vatican. It is rich with symbolism of the past persecution of Jews, who for nearly 300 years until the mid-19th century were forced to make compulsory payments to the popes.
He speaks of the Holocaust,
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:
“I would like to express my closeness to every witness of the holocaust who is still living, in particular all those who are present today.”
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING;
“Their suffering, their anguish, their tears should never be forgotten.”
Under the late Pope John Paul, the first pontiff to visit a synagogue, the Vatican established diplomatic relations with Israel.