Pope Francis to visit Rome’s main synagogue

Pope Francis before meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Vatican City, Vatican on May 10, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis before meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Vatican City, Vatican on May 10, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis will visit the main synagogue of Rome, the city’s Jewish community announced.

The visit is scheduled for Jan. 17, according to the Tuesday morning announcement.

It will be the third time that a sitting pope will visit the synagogue: Pope John Paul II came in 1986 and Pope Benedict the XVI in 2010.

During his visit, Francis will meet with national and local Jewish leaders.

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