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Pope to visit synagogue in sign of friendship amid questions

Published 16/01/2016

The Pope will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome (AP)
The Pope will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome (AP)

Pope Francis on Sunday will become the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue in a sign of continued Catholic-Jewish friendship that was highlighted by a recent Vatican declaration that it does not support official efforts to convert the Jews.

But the visit also follows a series of developments that have upset some in the Jewish community, including a new Vatican treaty signed with the "state of Palestine" and Francis' own words and deeds that have been interpreted by some as favouring the Palestinian political cause.

The chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, said in an interview Friday that the papal visit is aimed at showing five decades of improving Christian-Jewish relations and interfaith harmony, at a time of Islamic extremist violence around the globe.

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