The pope’s rabbinic travel buddies

Rabbi Abraham Skorka (left) and other rabbis with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January

Pope Francis is bringing along not one but two Argentinean rabbis on his trip to the holy land.

The pope’s close friendship with Rabbi Abraham Skorka is well known. Skorka even wrote a book with the then archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Skorka told JTA that he would be with the pope “all the time except, of course, at the private meetings he will hold with the different dignitaries.”
The pope and Skorka will also be traveling with Omar Abboud, who is the Muslim representative at Argentina’s Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and former secretary general of Islamic Center of Buenos Aires. Skorka has known Abboud for decades.