- Created: March 13, 2013
- Written by Pope Francis
[translation courtesy of Murray Watson]
To the Most Esteemed Dr. Riccardo di Segni
Chief Rabbi of Rome
On this day of my election as Bishop of Rome, and Universal Pastor of the Catholic Church, I am sending my warm greetings to you. announcing to you that the solemn inauguration of my pontificate will take place on Tuesday, March 19th.
Placing my trust in the protection of the Most High, I eagerly hope to be able to contribute to the progress that relations between Jews and Catholics have experienced since the Second Vatican Council, in a spirit of renewed collaboration, and in service of a world that might be more and more in harmony with the Creator's will.
From the Vatican, March 13, 2013.
[Reply of the Chief Rabbi:]
Riccado Di Segni