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L.A. 5758

U.S. bishops and rabbis, including UniversitySynagogue's Allen Freehling, meet with the pope and discuss thechurch's recent statement on the Holocaust


As Rabbi Allen Freehling of University Synagogue in West Los Angeles and a bus load of bishops and rabbis left the Rome airport for their hotel near the Vatican, one of the bishops read aloud a document that would soon spark a firestorm of controversy around the world: the Vatican's March 16 statement on the Holocaust, released just hours before. The group had just flown in from Israel, where they had spent a week worshiping together, learning about each other's histories, and beginning to understand, as only true friends can, what the other believes.

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