Jerusalem - The Real Story Behind The Photo Of Rivka Ravitz Who "Refused To Bow To The Pope"
Jerusalem - Following a week’s worth of social media gossip and news outlet speculation about what took place in photo of a Haredi woman standing tall in front a bowing Pope Francis, it turns out that the official explanation of the event is a little less juicy and that nothing out of the ordinary took place after all.
ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1IWYu4j) reports that the photo, which shows personal secretary for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Rivka Ravitz, standing before a clearly bowing Pope Francis was picked up by various news and social media outlets and was accompanied by the story that the meeting between the two was happenstance and that Ravitz informed the Pope that she could not shake his hand or bow to him because he was wearing a cross.
According to lore, the Pope then instantly covered the cross and bowed to Ravitz.
But according to a source inside the President’s Residence, Ravitz did indeed bow to the Pope a moment before the photo was taken and that the Pope and his staff were informed of Ravitz’s religious protocols beforehand.
“It is not true that the pope covered the cross with his hand or apologized, nor is any of the other things having to do with relations between Judaism and Christianity, which have been attributed to the meeting,” the source said.
“All diplomatic personages are made aware of this,” the source added. “Instead of this there is a small bow. The pope received the same message through his aides.”
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