British chief rabbi praises pope's compassionate character

By JONNY PAUL
February 11, 2013 15:11

 
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Responding to Pope Benedict's announced resignation on Monday, Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks praised the pope's character, recalling a meeting they had in 2011.

"I was honored to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to Britain on behalf of non-Christian faiths in 2010 and spend time with him during a visit to the Vatican in 2011," he said.

"I saw him to be a man of gentleness, of quiet and of calm, a deeply thoughtful and compassionate individual who carried with him an aura of grace and wisdom. I wish him good health, blessings and best wishes for the future,” Rabbi Sacks added.

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