Dialogue, remembrance, peace highlighted as pope visits synagogue

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January 18, 2015

Pope Francis gestures as he visits the main synagogue in Rome Jan. 17. At right is Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-SYNAGOGUE-VISIT Jan. 17, 2016.

Pope Francis gestures as he visits the main synagogue in Rome Jan. 17. At right is Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said.

Interrupted repeatedly with applause at Rome’s main synagogue Jan. 17, the pope said the church “recognizes the irrevocability of the Old Covenant and the constant and faithful love of God for Israel.”

The statement, which he already had made in his 2013 exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” was repeated in a recent document by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. The document reaffirmed Pope Benedict XVI’s teaching that the church “neither conducts nor supports” any institutional missionary initiative directed toward Jews.

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