Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila is given a tour of the synagogue in Manila on June 11 by Rabbi Eliyahu Azaria (second from right) and Israel's ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz (right). (Photo by Joe Torres/ucanews.com)
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See on June 11 with a visit to a synagogue.Fresh from his recent ad limina trip to Rome, the cardinal led officials of the Vatican nunciature in Manila on a visit to the Beth Yaacov Synagogue in the Philippine business district of Makati.The visit was a reminder of the continuing "culture of encounter" between Catholics and the Jewish people, said Monsignor Arnaldo Catalan of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila."The gathering allows us to appreciate the value of dialogue between peoples and nations who are continuously in search of fundamental unity amidst diversity," added the priest.Rabbi Eliyahu Azaria said the visit highlighted the friendship between the Philippines, the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.
Watch this video of more from Rabbi Eliyahu Azaria and Israel's ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz.