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  • Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99

    April 20, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century and a pivotal player in Christian-Jewish reconciliation, has died at the age of 99.

    Toaff, who a spokesman said died on Sunday night, was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman...

  • Pope accepts Peres’ invitation to Israel

    April 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

    The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no...

  • World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday.

    "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by...