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Submitted by Elliott (United States), Feb 19, 2013 16:05
I have met Rav Riccardo di Segni, the leader of the Jewish Community of Rome (which he informed me is the oldest Jewish Community in Europe), on one occasion in Rome. He actually had a seat at the table in the Vatican on the committee considering the beatification of Pope Pius XII (the pope during World War II). In his words, although they of course do not have a vote (it is, after all, the Catholic Church), they can only present their position as clearly and diplomatically as possible.
I cannot imagine the Church, which has done so much over the last two papacies to mend fences with the Jewish community, would ignore the issue of Maradiaga'a anti-Semitism. It would therefore be a complete shock and surprise if this man would be chosen to fill this most sensitive post. See the link to an image below of Rav di Segni and Pope Benedict:
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