Pope visit to Rome synagogue confirmed


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The Jewish community of Rome has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would visit the city's synagogue as scheduled this month, despite Jewish groups' displeasure over the recent elevation of World War II era Pope Pius XII to "venerable".

The pope's visit will take place on January 17 as part of "a day to deepen and further develop the dialogue between Jews and Catholics," the Jewish community's statement said, according to Agence France-Presse.

The visit will also coincide with a holiday commemorating an anti-Semitic attack against Rome's Jewish ghetto in 1793 which has become a symbol of Jews' survival in the face of anti-Semitism and persecutions, the report added.