April 2015

Rabbi who fostered closer Jewish-Catholic relations dead at 99
(Saturday, 25 April 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Rome’s retired chief rabbi, Rabbi Elio Toaff, who played a key role in fostering closer ties between Jews and Catholics, died on April 19 at the age of 99.
Rabbi Toaff would have turned 100-years-old at the end of April, also helped facilitate a historic moment when he invited then-Pope John Paul II to pray with him in Rome’s synagogue in 1986. It was the first visit in modern time by a pontiff to a Jewish temple.
In a letter to Rome’s chief rabbi, Rabbi...