November 6, 2013
The president of the Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, said that he never spoke with the mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, to discuss possibility of closing mosques in the capital. Pacifici denied rumors about the supposed encounter stating the conversation “never happened.”
Ala Eldin Mohammed Ismail al-Ghobaishy, the imam of Rome’s mosque, will visit Rome’s synagogue at the end of January. Chief rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, Rome’s Jewish community president Leone Paserman, and vice president Riccardo Pacifici will receive the Muslim delegation at the synagogue, which follows Di Segni’s visit to the Rome mosque last year – the first ever by a Rabbi.