Pope Francis hosts Argentine Jewish leaders for kosher lunch

16 January 2014

ROME – A delegation of 15 Argentine Jewish leaders was hosted Thursday for an informal kosher lunch at the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis conversing with members of the Jewish community of Argentina at the Santa Marta guesthouseLatin American Jewish Congress Executive Director Claudio Epelman, who organized the meeting together with Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka, said it was an “extraordinary gesture by Pope Francis to take more than two hours out of his busy schedule for a conversation with Jewish leaders from his native Argentina.” Epelman said that the conversations with the Catholic pontiff focused on strengthening inter-faith dialogue.

Epelman, who is the World Jewish Congress official in charge of dialogue with the Catholic Church, added that welcoming the delegation, Pope Francis expressed hope that “this meeting will help nurture the seeds we have planted together” and emphasized how he was looking forward “with great expectations” to his visit to Israel in May. The LAJC executive director added that at the end of the luncheon, the Pope and the Jewish leaders together intoned Psalm 133 in Hebrew, which says, “How good and pleasant it is when G-d’s people live together in unity!”

The Jewish community of Argentina is the largest in Latin America. Participating at the meeting on Thursday were, among others, World Jewish Congress Vice-President Julio Schlosser, who is the head of the Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA, Rabbi Skorka, Claudio Epelman, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Vatican official in charge of dialogue with the Jews.

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014

I am Jewish but this Pope is awesome. I do not support zionism - it is not of G-D.

Michel Murciano

Sun, 19 Jan 2014

I am very proud to see one of my wine on the table of the Pope.

I should say that the Pope have a good taste to choose the Jerusalem Hills Cabernet shiraz produced in Israel. Looking well at the picture, he is the only one that is drinking wine !

kol Hakavod to the Pope

Michel Murciano

Owner of Jerusalem Winery

Alizah Juul

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

Ariel - why do some Jews insist on highlighting division then wonder why people have hostile views towards us.

Baruch HaShem this Pope will be the best Christian ally we will have.


Fri, 17 Jan 2014

there is no need at all for the Catholic and Jewish communities to be at odds with one another due to historic misunderstandings and the galvanization of mis-information. There would be NO Catholic religion without the Jewish faith. The Catholic faith, finally, has a Pontif that is doing what Jesus always taught. As we know, Jesus' spiritual directions were all based on Jewish theology and ancient teachings. It is my opinion that Jesus never intended to start a new religion. He only wanted people to show love and compassion towards each other which is rooted deeply in Jewish faith and in performing mitzvot.


Fri, 17 Jan 2014

Papa Francesco is no idol worshipper! Nor are any of us Catholics for that matter. He is a man of great faith and good will. I am happy he has a good friendship with the Rabbis of Argentina. May this friendship bear much fruit for the world.

Kylene Gould

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

Meanwhile Catholics all over America are persecuting Jews.....they are great pretenders I have been fooled by many of them......at first they act like they are your friend then as soon as you start trusting them.....they get right down to the Anti-Semitic stuff they do it in such a bitter hateful way too...you would think suddenly you're back in the 15th century in one of their ghettos that they forced Jews to live in....and no one calls them on it.......I will out them to the ends of the earth with the hateful things they have done to me.......they and many others have just gotten better at hiding their hateful Anti-Semitic feelings that is all....they have NOT changed their ways at all and they never intend to.

Barry Kohan

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

The new Pope is a real Mensch!!!

Alice Schulman

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

I think this is a wonderful and productive article and a terrific photo!! Thank you!


Fri, 17 Jan 2014

There is more to gain for world peace when we talk to each other than isolate one self from others. After all aren't we all G-d's people.

Ariel ben Yochanan

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

B"H - Why do Jews insist on talking to the chief idol worshiper and judging him positively in public? If this is not Chilul Hashem, I don't know what is.

Nira Scherz-Busch

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

This Jewish girl (originally from Israel. Immigrated to the USA) LOVE POPE FRANCIS!


Fri, 17 Jan 2014

The true Argentinean spirit working in collaboration. Tikkun Olam in action.