Alan Dershowitz wrote in a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald that one of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI is an anti-Semite.
Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger on Monday praised Pope Benedict's inter-religious outreach and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.
Dear Brothers. I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.
Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry, becoming the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages and leaving his aides "incredulous".
Zion Evrony has taken up his post as Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See.
Until I saw 16 hot North Korean chicks singing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” to Kim Jong-un, the strangest video that I’d ever seen of a head of state enjoying a performance was Pope Benedict XVI watching four ripped acrobats strip off their shirts and put on a show worthy of Channing Tatum and the “Magic Mike” boys.
The Jewish Federations of North America is urging Pope Benedict XVI to seek the release of Alan Gross during the pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba. The group is circulating a nationwide online petition calling for the pope to seek Gross' release as part of a nationwide appeal by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.
Pope Benedict XVI urged dialogue among faiths and condemned violence in the name of God in a meeting with Israeli religious leaders.
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.
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.
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.
Pope John Paul II, who made bettering relations with the Jewish world a cornerstone of his papacy, will be beatified on May 1, placing the Polish-born pontiff one step closer to sainthood. The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Vatican ceremony. John Paul died in 2005 and was put on a fast track to be made a saint.
Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League that he would continue to fight anti-Semitism.
When news broke last year that Pope Benedict XVI was reviving an ancient prayer for the conversion of the Jews, the reaction in Jewish circles was outrage tempered by confusion.
Communal leaders warned that the move would deal a serious blow to the four decades of progress in Jewish-Catholic relations following Nostra Aetate -- the landmark document that absolved the Jews of collective guilt for the killing of Jesus -- unless the pope clarified how the prayer meshed with Catholic doctrine.
Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians
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