"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Francis sends Passover greetings to Rome’s Jewish Community

 1 THESS 2: 14-16: For you, brethren, are become followers of the churches of God which are in Judea, in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered the same things from your own coutrymen, even as they have from the Jews, [15] Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are adversaries to all men; [16] Prohibiting us to speak to the Gentiles, that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.

In a message addressed to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, Pope Francis extends his “cordial and fraternal” wishes to the Rome Jewish Community for the Feast of Pesach.
Pesach, or Passover, is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates how God freed the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, as recounted in the Old Testament Book of Exodus.
“May the Almighty bless and accompany the journey of the beloved Jewish People”, writes Pope Francis. “May the Most High allow us to grow ever more in friendship and to be witnesses of peace and harmony”, he adds.
"The Pope" concludes with a request for prayers and with the greeting, “Chag sameach” – “Happy Feast” in Hebrew.
Francis' message comes in response to similarly cordial greetings of “serenity, joy and peace” for Easter, sent to him by Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni.
The exchange of greetings is particularly significant since this year the dates of the Christian celebration of Easter and the Jewish celebration of the Passover coincide.