At last week’s interreligious forum on the significance of Pope Francis’s forthcoming visit to the Holy Land and the expectation it inspires for improved relationships between Christians, Muslims and Jews, Rabbi Dr Alon Goshen-Gottstein referred to the Catholic leader as “a rock star.”

Goshen-Gottstein is founder and executive director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, which hosted the forum, held at the YMCA in honor of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. He opened the discussion by pointing out that the pope is not only Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” which makes him “a pop star,” but also on the front cover of Rolling Stone – which makes him, “not just a pop star, but a rock star.”

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