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  • 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,...

  • Dershowitz says reported contender for papacy is an anti-Semite

    February 18, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    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.

    Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and Israel activist, was responding to a list published last week after the resignation of...

  • Israel’s chief rabbi praises Pope, wishes him good health

    February 11, 2013 | 3:53 am

    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.

    "During his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the church and the chief rabbinate and we...

  • Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement text

    February 11, 2013 | 3:45 am

    The following is the text of the speech that Pope Benedict delivered in Latin to members of a consistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday. It was distributed by the Vatican in a statement:

    "Dear Brothers,

    I have convoked you to this Consistory,...

  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing frailty

    February 11, 2013 | 3:17 am

    Pope Benedict shocked the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry, in an announcement that left his aides "incredulous" and will make him the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages.

    The German-born Pope, 85,...

  • New Israeli envoy to Vatican takes post

    October 1, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Zion Evrony has taken up his post as Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See.

    Evrony, who was appointed to the post in July, presented his Letters of Credence to Pope Benedict XVI at an audience with the pontiff on Sept. 28.

    He was born in Iran in 1949 but made aliyah as a baby....

  • Why Kim loves Disney

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 16, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • JFNA calls for pope to seek release of Alan Gross

    March 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    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...

  • 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’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...

  • Vatican to beatify John Paul II

    January 14, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    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.

  • Pope: I’ll fight anti-Semitism

    November 4, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League that he would continue to fight anti-Semitism.

    At a meeting Wednesday the pope thanked the ADL delegation, saying, according to an ADL statement issued after the meeting, “It is very important what you do.”


  • Saints and sinners: popes and presidents

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Tomorrow President Barack Obama will become the 12th American president to have a papal audience. Catholic News Service gives a little history and context:

    Obama is continuing a tradition that is only 90 years old.

    The first U.S. president to visit the Vatican was Woodrow Wilson,...

  • Pope to address economic crisis in encyclical

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 3, 2009 | 2:31 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI will release his third encyclical Tuesday. A day before the G8 meets, the pope’s teaching document will address the economic crisis and how he believes Christians should use globalization to assist the needy.

    The AP reports:

    The document, entitled “Charity in...

  • Politics abound on Pope’s mission of peace to Israel

    May 12, 2009 | 12:50 pm

    Coming as a self-described “pilgrim of peace,” Pope Benedict XVI vowed to fight anti-Semitism and called for a Palestinian state in the moments after his arrival in Israel for a five-day visit.

    But controversy has marked the visit this week from the start, as the pope’s...

  • Christ’s crucifixion and the Holocaust: ‘appropriating suffering’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 16, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    You would think that Peter Manseau, the gentile winner of the National Jewish Book Award for fiction and the son of a priest and a nun, would have an interesting perspective on the whole Bishop Richard Williamson controversy. And you’d be correct.

    Manseau writes for Commonweal about...

  • Pope Admits He Mishandled Bishop Matter

    March 13, 2009 | 4:01 pm

    ROME (JTA)—Pope Benedict XVI admits in a letter that his rehabilitation of a Holocaust-denying bishop backfired.

    The remarkable letter to bishops, whose text was officially released Thursday by the Vatican, also says the Vatican must become Internet savvy to
    prevent further mishaps....

  • Pope confirms: Holocaust denial is bad

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 12, 2009 | 2:38 pm

    Ya think?

    Pope Benedict, trying to defuse a controversy over a bishop who denies the Holocaust, said Thursday “any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable,” especially if it comes from a clergyman.

    The pope also confirmed for the first time that he was planning...

  • Pope tells bad bishop to recant views on Holocaust

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 4, 2009 | 12:42 pm

    I’m not sure if Pope Benedict XVI had already planned to issue this directive when he moved to “rehabilitate” a Holocaust-denying bishop who had been excommunicated two decades ago or if this is a reaction to international outcry, but today the Vatican told Bishop Richard Williamson...

  • ‘A disaster for Catholic-Jewish relations’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 25, 2009 | 9:28 pm

    That was how John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, described Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to “rehabilitate” four excommunicated bishops, including a Holocaust denier. You can hear Allen on NPR here.

    Haaretz has more on the story:

    Bishop Williamson was...

  • Knights Templar heirs sue pope for $150 billion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 7:51 pm

    Jonathan Kirsch has a new book coming out called “The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God,” which digs deep into the 600-year Inquisition era and finds its legacy in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and the U.S.-led war on terror. (To be clear, Kirsch, who...

  • Ahmadinejad wants audience with pope on first Eurotrip

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 28, 2008 | 11:14 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to make his first trip to Europe, and he’s asked to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. While Pope John Paul II had no problem meeting with controversial heads of state—or non-states in the case of Yasser Arafat—the German-born Benedict, who as a...

  • Does all God’s creation include aliens?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 14, 2008 | 1:12 am

    This news from the Vatican‘s chief astronomer probably caught the pope’s attention, and that is one boss I would not want to irritate.

    The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could...

  • Pope urges Israel to help Christians in Mideast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 12, 2008 | 2:54 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI on Monday asked Israel to ease travel restrictions for Mideast Christians, who in Gaza and the West Bank and places like Lebanon have been under attack.

    Benedict has made concern over the future of Middle East Christians a
    priority. Economic problems as well as...

  • Pope Benedict wins

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 21, 2008 | 10:10 am

    Before he arrived in the United States last week, many American Catholics held old notions of Pope Benedict XVI as “God’s Rottweiler,” as completely unlike his pastoral predecessor. My how quickly the current can change.

  • The vanishing American Catholic

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 20, 2008 | 1:16 pm

    The changing landscape of American Catholicism—the fact that 1.3 million Latino Catholics have joined Pentecostal churches since immigrating—is considered the elephant in the room for the future of the church. Still, it’s story that has been told before, and in light of Pope Benedict...

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