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Matzoh for the Pope!
Pope visits New York synagogue
Published: April 18, 2008 at 8:57 PM
NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Benedict XVI became the first pope to visit a U.S. synagogue Friday when he spent 22 minutes in the Park East Synagogue in New York.
The pope, who served in the German army during World War II, did not mention the Holocaust or anti-Semitism, The New York Times reported. Instead, he gave a brief message of Passover greetings.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, in his address, said both he and the pope had known "the ravages of war, the Holocaust, man's inhumanity to man -- and also the joy of freedom."
"In Jewish history we were painfully cast aside and suffered persecution and degradation," Schneier said. "A turning point in Catholic-Jewish relations was the Second Vatican Council, the guidelines of Nostra Aetate, which have brought us closer, facing one another with respect and mutual understanding."
The Nostra Aetate, approved by the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1965, said the Catholic Church "rejects nothing that is true and holy" in non-Christian religions.
The pope presented the synagogue with a replica copy of a Jewish text from the Vatican library, while he was given a Passover plate, a Haggadah and a box of Matzoh.
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 19.04.2008
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