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  • Vatican calls Israeli teenagers deaths hideous, threat to peace

    3 weeks ago

    The Vatican on Monday condemned the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank as a "hideous and unacceptable crime" and a obstacle to peace.

    [Related: Jewish community responds to Israel teen deaths]

    In an usually strong statement, the Vatican spokesman said Pope...

  • Pope Francis and the need to confront evil

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 26, 2014 | 10:38 am

    No one can deny that Pope Francis is a man who walks the walk. While many disagree with his neo-socialist world-view, who can feel anything but respect for a world leader who eschews the perks of office to champion the poor and the oppressed. The Pope is also courageously...

  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

    September 7, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria's conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death."

    Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a...

  • June 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 26, 2013 | 3:42 am

    The US

    Headline: Hopes for Syria Talks Hinge on Kerry-Lavrov Meeting

    To Read: Does consistently failing to help others make the US a 'failed State'? David Rothkopf muses on the matter-

    Americans celebrate this independent spirit. Their market ideology is more Charles...

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  • June 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline: For Kerry, little new traction as yet another visit to Israel awaits

    To Read: Michael Rubin believes that the US' efforts should be focused on Iran, not Syria-

    Alas, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now in Syria, American strategists advocate extinguishing the...

  • Pope accepts Peres’ invitation to Israel

    April 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

    The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no...

  • Pope at installation gives shout-out to Jews

    March 19, 2013 | 8:46 am

    Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Jews during the open-air Mass that formally installed him as pontiff.

    Francis began his homily Tuesday by greeting the Catholic dignitaries and faithful in the huge crowd that crammed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area. He thanked...

  • Jews find early signs from Pope Francis encouraging

    March 18, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    When the white smoke rose last week at the Vatican, signaling to the world that the College of Cardinals had chosen a new pope, Catholics weren’t the only ones waiting with bated breath.

    Jews, too, were eager to see whether the new pontiff would be someone familiar with their...

  • New pope is an old friend of the Jewish community

    March 18, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Before immigrating to the United States from Argentina, I was invited several times on national public holidays to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires for Catholic Mass celebrated by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. As a gesture of inclusiveness, the group of...

  • World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday.

    "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by...

  • Jewish leaders, groups welcome Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    Jewish leaders around the world welcomed Wednesday’s selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis upon his selection, has been the archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998 and is the first from the...

  • Argentinian Pope Bergoglio a moderate focused on the poor

    March 13, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    The first Latin American pope, Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio is a moderate known for his strong negotiating skills as well as a readiness to challenge powerful interests.

    He is a modest man from a middle class family who is content to travel by bus.

    Described by his biographer as...

  • Papal decision made at Vatican [VIDEO/SLIDESHOW]

    March 13, 2013 | 11:20 am

    White smoke poured from the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday and the bells of St. Peter's Basilica pealed, signaling that cardinals had chosen a new pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church after only five ballots.

    The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner...

  • Papabili rabbis and holy envy

    By Mark Paredes

    March 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    After my first year of law school, I spent half the summer clerking at a law firm in Rome whose office was just a few blocks from the Vatican. I went to St. Peter’s Square every day for lunch, got to touch Pope John Paul II’s hand as he whisked by in his Popemobile during a general...

  • The Pope and Jewish Communal Professionals: Staying in a Job too Long? The Need for Term Limits!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 27, 2013 | 8:57 am

    I have been involved with many institutions where someone clearly overstayed his or her welcome in a certain position. That person should have retired, transitioned, or resigned years (maybe even decades) earlier, but found ways to maneuver such that he or she could stick around,...

  • Exit Benedict, pray for another European pope

    By Mark Paredes

    February 11, 2013 | 10:46 pm

    Like most people around the world, I was rather surprised to hear that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become former Pope Benedict XVI. He’s the first pope in 600 years to resign, and it will be interesting to see whom the cardinal electors elect to succeed him (let us pray it’s...

  • Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with occasional bumps

    February 11, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges made to continue...

  • Shimon Peres tweets the pope

    December 4, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Israel's President Shimon Peres welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Twitter with a tweet extolling Israel-Vatican ties.

    "Your holiness, welcome to Twitter. Our relations with the Vatican are at their best and can form a basis to further peace everywhere," Peres tweeted Tuesday.

    ...
  • State Dept. asks the pope to intervene in Alan Gross case

    March 29, 2012 | 10:53 am

    The U.S. State Department asked Pope Benedict XVI to push for the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban jail during his visit to the island nation.

    The request for the pope to discuss the Gross case with Cuban officials while he was in Cuba this week went directly to the Vatican and...

  • Pope skirts politics in Cuba

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 28, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Rounding out his Latin American tour, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Cuba today. There were lots of questions about what the pope would have to say about the plight of the Cuban people and the repressive Communist government. In the end, not much.

    The pope said “Cuba and the...

  • Sacks tells pope Jewish-Christian relations in Britain good

    December 13, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Following an audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Britain’s chief rabbi described relations between Christians and Jews in his country “as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

    In an interview with Vatican Radio following his meeting with the pope on Monday,...

  • Pope meets Israeli religious leaders

    November 11, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Pope Benedict XVI urged dialogue among faiths and condemned violence in the name of God in a meeting with Israeli religious leaders.

    In a meeting Thursday at the Vatican with members of the Israeli Religious Council, the pope affirmed that religion must be a force for peace.

    ...
  • Denounce violence in the name of religion, Vatican liaison says

    November 1, 2011 | 11:19 am

    The Vatican chief liaison to world Jewry voiced an urgent call from Pope Benedict XVI for all religious leaders to openly denounce violence in the name of religion.

    Cardinal Kurt Koch, on his first visit to the United States as a Vatican representative, made his remarks Monday...

  • Israel gifts pope with olive tree

    October 24, 2011 | 10:50 am

    An olive tree more than 200 years old grown near Nazareth was sent as a gift from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Pope Benedict XVI.

    The tree will be planted Wednesday during a ceremony at Viale Degli Ulivi, or Olive Tree Boulevard, in the Vatican Gardens.

    According to...

  • Pope called on to condemn bishop’s new anti-Semitic slur

    October 19, 2011 | 11:29 am

    A group of European rabbis has called on the pope to condemn the latest anti-Semitic remarks by a Holocaust-denying Catholic bishop.

    The Brussels-based Conference of European Rabbis slammed comments by Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson in which he allegedly blamed Jews for deicide....

  • Susan Sarandon knocked for calling pope a Nazi

    October 18, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Susan Sarandon is under fire after referring to the German-born Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.

    The actress made the comment during an interview Saturday with actor Bob Balaban at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Sarandon was discussing her 1995 Oscar-winning film “Dead Man...

  • Pope’s German trip important, spokesman says

    September 27, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to his native Germany afforded the opportunity to reflect on the lessons drawn from the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, the chief Vatican spokesman said.

    The pope’s four-day trip ended Sunday. 

    “One cannot pass through Berlin without feeling the weight of...

  • Pope meets with German Jewish leaders in Berlin

    September 22, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI met with leaders of Germany’s Jewish community while on a visit to his homeland.

    Benedict, who arrived Thursday in Berlin to visit his native Germany for the third time since becoming pope, met the Jewish leaders in a closed-door meeting in the Reichstag after...

  • Museum of Tolerance to Create Exhibit on Pope John Paul II

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 3, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    On April 29, two days before Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome, the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced plans to establish a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles dedicated to the late pontiff.

    A native of Poland, during his papacy John Paul worked to...

  • Pope John Paul II, proponent of Jewish-Catholic relations, is beatified

    May 1, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    Pope John Paul II, who made fostering Catholic-Jewish relations and remembering the Holocaust cornerstones of his papacy, was beatified at the Vatican.

    John Paul’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, officiated at Sunday’s ceremony—the last step before canonization, or sainthood—before an...

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