Pope John Paul II greets Rabbi Elio Toaff

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Pope John Paul II and Chief Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff

Pope John Paul II greets Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome’s main synagogue April 13, 1986. The meeting marked the beginning of a new era in Catholic-Jewish relations. It was the first time a pope had entered the Rome synagogue. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari) (Feb. 25, 2005)