The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, released the following greeting on Sept. 15, 2021, to those observing Yom Kippur:

“On behalf of all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Scranton, I offer my heartfelt best wishes to our Jewish brothers and sisters who will celebrate Yom Kippur beginning this evening at sunset.

“As Christians, we must always continue to deepen the bonds of friendship between our two faith traditions and break down any walls that may separate us.

“On this Day of Atonement, may we all ask God for forgiveness from our sins and join together in praying for peace and stability in our world.

“To all our Jewish neighbors, I wish all an easy and meaningful fast this Yom Kippur.”