What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
World

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
Vatican

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

A Look inside the Great Synagogue of Rome

2012-08-18

Riccardo di Segni is the chief rabbi of Rome, and he says 'The Ghetto' has been a big part of how the community developed.

RICCARDO DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi of Rome

"Until 1870 they were under papal rule and they were not allowed to live outside anywhere in Rome, just in this neighborhood.”

The temple is open to visitors, where they can enter to see out the square dome, one it's defining features as it's the only one in the city. There is a museum with ancient scrolls and ornaments.

The history of this synagogue is also significant because it's the only one in the world to be visited by two popes.

Benedict XVI visited in January of 2010 as a sign of the good relations between the two religions. However, paving the way for him was Pope John Paul II's historic visit to the Synagogue in 1986. He was the first pope in recorded history to do so.  

RICCARDO DI SEGNI
Chief Rabbi of Rome

"The first visit was a revolution. And changed the approach in the mind of the Christian, in many Catholic populations toward the Jews. It showed that a new era of mutual respect and friendship started.”

After World War II, The Jewish community of Rome was very small. However, it has now risen to about 15,000 people. With many of them emigrating here from Libya in 1967 after The Six Day War.

Today, they still gather in the temple that was built a century ago and has seen many changes during that time.


AE
FF
-
-BN