Pope Francis I met recently with a delegation from Argentina’s Jewish community.

Sixteen leaders from the pontiff’s native country held an audience with the pope yesterday at the Vatican.

Those present included Julio Schlosser, president of the Jewish political umbrella in Argentina, DAIA; Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress; and Claudio Avruj, president of the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires.

“I will thank him for the letter he sent at the 20th anniversary of the museum and his permanent remembering of the Shoah,” Avruj told JTA ahead of the meeting.

“I will thank him for his remarks against anti-Semitism and for his fight against any type of discrimination,” added DAIA Vice President Waldo Wolff.

Rabbis working on interfaith dialogue in Argentina were also present. The meeting was arranged by the Latin American Jewish Congress and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary.

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