Pope Francis on Monday sent a brief note praying that God would bless Rome's Jewish community as it was about to begin its Passover observances, asking community members for their prayers, the Catholic News Service reported.
"May the Almighty, who freed his people from slavery in Egypt to guide them to the Promised Land, continue to free you from every evil and accompany you with his blessing," the pope said in a message.
The pope thanked Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo di Segni, for attending
his inaugural Mass last week and a meeting with religious leaders.
"I am particularly pleased to extend to you and the entire Rome community my most fervent wishes for the great Passover feast," the pope said.
"I ask you to pray for me, while I assure you of my prayers for you, trusting that we can deepen the bonds of esteem and mutual respect," the pope added.
Rabbi di Segni responded on the website of Rome's Jewish community, saying that he appreciated the message and planned to reply to wish the pope and the Christians of Rome a happy Easter, the Catholic News Service reported.