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Pope Makes Historic Visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue

Pope Francis visited Rome's Great synagogue on Sunday.

Pope Francis visits Rome's Great synagogue on Sunday. The visit marks the third time a pontiff has been invited to the synagogue, following the visit by Benedict XVI in January 2010 and the historic encounter of Pope John Paul II with former Rabbi Elio Toaff there in 1986. Franco Origlia / Getty Images
The pope is welcomed to the synagogue. Franco Origlia / Getty Images
Pope Francis sits at the altar with leaders of the synagogue. Franco Origlia / Getty Images
A member of Rome's Jewish community takes photos of Pope Francis. VINCENZO PINTO / AFP - Getty Images
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with leaders and members of the local Jewish community. Franco Origlia / Getty Images
A general view of the synagogue. Alessandra Tarantino / AP
Pope Francis is greeted on his arrival. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / Reuters