Pope Benedict embraces President Peres in Jerusalem 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Following the announcement of Pope Benedict's resignation on Monday,
Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger praised his inter-religious outreach
and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.
his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the
church and the chief rabbinate and we hope that this trend will
continue," a spokesman quoted Metzger as saying after the pope announced
he would resign. "I think he deserves a lot of credit for advancing
inter-religious links the world over between Judaism, Christianity and
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