ROME — Pope Francis treated a Jewish delegation from his native Argentina to a private lunch catered by one of Rome’s top kosher restaurants.
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On Thursday, proprietors of the restaurant Ba’ Ghetto brought Roman Jewish specialties to the Vatican, where the pope hosted the group of rabbis and Jewish leaders at the Santa Marta guesthouse, his residence. A photograph showed the group seated at a round table covered with a white tablecloth. The menu included Jewish-style fried artichokes, anchovies and endive, sauteed zucchini and other foods.
The Argentine delegation, headed by the pope’s longtime friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, was at the Vatican to help mark the Roman Catholic Church’s annual Day of Judaism, which was initiated in the 1990s to foster Jewish-Catholic relations and help Catholics understand the Jewish roots of Christianity.