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Austrian bishops stopped at the Wailing Wall : they were wearing crosses

ICC Note: This Jewish Rabbi’s decision to keep the cross from the Wailing Wall is inconsistent with past practice, as Pope John Paul II was permitted to keep his cross when visiting the Wall.

11/14/07 Israel (AsiaNews) –Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, denied a delegation of Austrian bishop’s access to the Wailing Wall, because they were wearing their pectoral crosses. The group of prelates was led by Card. Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna.

According to directives set out by Rabinovitch, the wearing of the Latin cross before the Western Wall of Jerusalem, one of the most sacred places for Jewish people is forbidden. “Crosses are a symbol that hurts Jewish feelings”, explained the Rabbi… [Go To Full Story]