Pope Francis blesses statue at St. Joe’s honoring the relationship between Catholics and Jews [photos]

Pope Francis stopped at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia on his way back to the city before celebrating Mass in front of a massive crowd Sunday afternoon to bless a new statue honoring the relationship between Catholics and Jews.


The sculpture was unveiled Friday and commemorates the 50th anniversary of a document that urged stronger relations between the two religions. Francis was joined by his longtime friend, Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

Francis then travelled downtown and transferred to the popemobile for a procession along the parkway to the altar in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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