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Pope Meets Rumanian Chief Rabbi

Pope John Paul II conveyed his “best wishes” to Europe’s Chief Rabbis during a 30 minute meeting in Rome Friday with Rumanian Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen. Rosen is due to attend this week a meeting of European Chief Rabbis in the Swiss mountain village of Grindenwald.

Vatican sources said the Pontiff, who took the initiative for the meeting, questioned Rosen on latest Jewish developments in West and Eastern Europe and expressed his “friendly interest” in all matters concerning Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Rosen thanked him for his visit to the Rome synagogue which, he said, marked a milestone in relations between the two faiths.