Rome, Italy, Mar 26, 2013 / 08:03 am
In keeping with tradition, Pope Francis sent a message to the Jewish community in Rome, wishing them a good Passover and requesting prayers.
"May the Almighty, who freed his People from slavery in Egypt in order to lead them to the promised land, continue to deliver you from all evil and to accompany you with his blessing," reads the letter that was sent March 25.
The celebration of Passover began at sundown on March 25.
The message was addressed to the chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, and the Pope also made sure to thank him for coming to his installation as Bishop of Rome, along with 15 other Jewish leaders from around the world.
Pope Francis closed his letter by asking Rabbi Di Segni and the Jewish community to pray for him, "while I assure you of my prayers for you, confident that we can deepen our ties of mutual respect and friendship."
A copy of the Pope's letter was posted on the Jewish community's website, accompanied by a short comment that said Rabbi Di Segni was very pleased to receive the greetings and that he will offer his thanks when he sends a letter to the Pope for Easter.