Rome's chief rabbi to visit city's main mosque

March 8, 2006 15:59


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Rome's chief rabbi is scheduled to visit the main mosque in the Italian capital next week, a move that has drawn praise from Jewish and Muslim leaders. Riccardo Di Segni - to make the visit Monday - will be the first chief rabbi in Rome to pay a visit to a mosque, and is meant to promote inter-religious dialogue, Di Segni's office said. No other details were released. Italian daily Corriere della Sera said the rabbi would meet with Abdellah Redouane, secretary-general of the Islamic Cultural Center of Italy, and with Mario Scialoja, the president of the Muslim World League in Italy. "Any gesture that brings religions closer is appreciated," the imam of another Rome mosque, Samir Khaldi, told the ANSA news agency. "I think it's important that Jews, Muslims, Catholics and other confessions that are in Italy find some agreement for the good of the society they live in."

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