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  • Vatican signs first treaty with ‘State of Palestine’, Israel angered

    June 26, 2015 | 8:47 am

    The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution.

    The treaty, which made official the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine since 2012,...

  • Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet, stem warming, help poor

    June 18, 2015 | 3:06 pm

    Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.

    In the first papal document...

  • Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

    May 19, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.

    A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas...

  • Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’

    May 19, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

    Francis met Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday and used the words as he...

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  • Vatican seeks to quiet uproar over Pope’s ‘angel of peace’ remark

    May 18, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    Every word counts in the delicate diplomacy of the Middle East, where negotiators have often resorted to creative ambiguity.

    So Pope Francis’ sotto voce greeting to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican on Saturday, in which he referred to...

  • Vatican move on Palestine adds fuel to European debate

    May 14, 2015 | 8:34 am

    The Vatican's decision to recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.

    The Holy See has referred to Palestine since...

  • Pope Francis to bestow knighthood on New York rabbi

    April 22, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Pope Francis will confer papal knighthood on Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue.
    Schneier, the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and a Holocaust survivor, is being honored for his work promoting peace and mutual understanding, according to...

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  • Studying torah with the Pope: Q&A with Rabbi Abraham Skorka

    January 28, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    On a recent visit to Los Angeles, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi, chemist and writer, met with the staff of the Jewish Journal. 

    Skorka’s trip was sponsored by Masorti Olami, the worldwide organization of the Conservative movement, and his prominence is due in part to...

  • Christians and Jews, united in conversation and shared values

    January 14, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    There exists a deep relationship between Judaism and Christianity rooted both in a shared history and religious values. History shows us that Jews and Christians once knew one another very well, recognizing that in some way we were brothers, like Jacob and Esau. In fact, in the...

  • Pope Francis honored at Vatican by Bar-Ilan University

    October 28, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Pope Francis received the president of Bar-Ilan University at the Vatican and was honored with the Israeli school’s highest award.

    On Monday, Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz bestowed the Award of Distinction on the pope in recognition of his lifelong efforts promoting peace...

  • Is Pope Francis a model for our rabbis?

    October 15, 2014 | 9:39 am

    The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...

  • Pope, Peres discuss ‘U.N. of religions’ at Vatican meeting

    September 4, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and proposed a “U.N. of religions” to fight terrorism.

    The Vatican said the pope and Peres held a “long” and “very cordial” discussion on Thursday.

    During the 45-minute meeting, Peres described his idea...

  • Pope, Peres discuss ‘U.N. of religions’ at Vatican meeting

    September 4, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and proposed a “U.N. of religions” to fight terrorism.

    The Vatican said the pope and Peres held a “long” and “very cordial” discussion on Thursday.

    During the 45-minute meeting, Peres described his idea...

  • North Korea fires three short-range rockets as Pope visits South Korea

    August 14, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's Ministry of Defense said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

    The rockets were fired from multiple launchers in the North Korean port city of Wonsan and...

  • Pope calls Rome chief rabbi to offer condolences for teens

    July 3, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Pope Francis phoned Rome’s chief rabbi to express condolences on the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the pope called him at home on Tuesday afternoon, the day the teens were buried side by side and within hours of the Vatican releasing a strong...

  • Vatican calls Israeli teenagers deaths hideous, threat to peace

    June 30, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    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 defends Pius XII’s wartime record

    June 13, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Pope Francis defended Pius XII’s record during World War II, calling the former pope “the great defender of the Jews.”

    In an interview Monday with Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper, the pope said Pius hid many Jews in convents and even his own residence, including 42 babies born in...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Abbas invokes sovereign state in peace prayer with pope, Peres

    June 8, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis.

    Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with...

  • Pope to host Peres and Abbas in peace prayer at Vatican

    May 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

    The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

    The...

  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus’ native language [VIDEO]

    May 27, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

    "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • In Mideast visit, Pope Francis makes symbolic gestures to both sides

    May 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Perhaps the most lasting image from Pope Francis’ trip to Israel and the West Bank will be the pontiff praying, eyes closed, with his head against a wall.

    It wasn’t the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site and a necessary stop for visiting dignitaries. It was...

  • Pope weaves through Mideast obstacle course as visit ends

    May 26, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Pope Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors on Monday, the last day of a successful Mideast trip laden with bold personal gestures.

    "Never again, Lord. Never again!" he said in the dimly lit...

  • Pope’s Mideast trip a delicate dance around politics

    May 22, 2014 | 8:08 am

    With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, Pope Francis makes his first visit to the Middle East on Saturday, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region.

    But, in a region where religion and politics are inextricably...

  • Pope’s entourage to Israel includes rabbi and sheik

    May 19, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as travel companions, Pope Francis is heading to the Middle East with what he hopes will be a powerful message of interfaith respect.

    It will be the first time that leaders of other faiths are part of an official papal delegation. The aim is to...

  • Pope shuns bulletproof vehicles for Mideast trip, Vatican says

    May 15, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said on Thursday.

    The Vatican, briefing reporters on the trip, also confirmed that a...

  • Anti-Christian slogans alarm Church before Pope’s Holy Land visit

    May 8, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

    In an incident on Monday, "Death to Arabs and Christians and...

  • Pope Francis visit to Israel going forward despite diplomats’ strike

    March 27, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Pope Francis is going ahead with his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May, despite a strike by Israeli diplomats.

    The Vatican on Thursday released the program for the papal trip, scheduled for May 24-26.

    The pope will have an intensive series of meetings...

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