JERUSALEM – On the occasion of the Jewish Passover celebrated this year along with the Orthodox Easter, thousands of believers around the world have flocked to the Holy City.
Passover – Pesach in Hebrew – commemorates the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery, and is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish community. The celebrations began Friday, April 22, at dusk and will continue until Saturday April 30. For eight days, the Jewish people remembers the wilderness period by eating unleavened bread, matzo, and many people come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
On the occasion of this feast, Pope Francis on April 22 sent warm wishes to the Jewish community.
In a message sent to the Jews of Rome, the Holy Father called all to remember that “the Almighty has released his beloved people from slavery and led to the Promised Land.”
“May God also accompany you today with the abundance of his Blessings, protect your community and, in His mercy, bestow peace upon everyone,” the Pope said, assuring the Jewish community of his prayers, that “the Almighty may allow us to be able to grow more and more in friendship.”
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem joins Pope Francis and extends its best wishes to the Jewish community and believers from around the world to celebrate this holiday.
Source: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem