Death of Rabbi Elio Toaff

April 30, 1915 - April 19, 2015
Rome, Italy | Age 99

Rabbi who hosted pope visit to synagogue dies
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ROME (AP) — Elio Toaff, the longtime chief rabbi of Rome who helped set Judaism and the Catholic Church on the path to reconciliation after centuries of distrust, has died. He was 99.

Toaff died Sunday, the Jewish community announced, and Rome's main synagogue immediately opened its doors for those wishing to pay their respects.

Toaff took a historic step on the path of reconciliation when he welcomed St. John Paul II on the first-ever papal visit to a...

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