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Pope Paul Vi Received Jewish Delegation During His Visit in Bombay

December 7, 1964
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Pope Paul VI gave an audience to a delegation of Indian Jews while visiting in Bombay, and assured the Jews that their welfare and happiness were close to his heart, it was revealed here today following the Pontiffs return to the Vatican from his latest pilgrimage.

The delegation visiting the Pope was led by H. Cynowitz, president of the Central Jewish Board of India, who greeted the leader of the Catholic Church “on behalf of the 2,000-year-old Jewish community in India who have lived in peace and tolerance. The Jews, Mr. Cynowitz said, speaking in Latin and Hebrew, look upon Pope Paul as “an angel of peace and brotherhood.”

Pope Paul blessed the Jewish delegation, used the word “shalom” three times in his remarks, and presented the Jewish leaders with silver medallions commemorating his pilgrimage to India.

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