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  • Pope calls Rome chief rabbi to offer condolences for teens

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week 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 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...

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  • 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...

  • Israel closes embassies around the world as diplomats strike

    March 24, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a dispute over pay, officials said.

    The industrial action has already threatened to postpone a visit by Pope Francis to Israel planned for...

  • My New Hero Pope Francis: The Religion of Love

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 2, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    When I was a child our family used a certain brand of ketchup.   I would look  down on those who used another brand, thinking "how uncultured!"  It was not until years later that I found our ketchup to be in the lower range of the market.

    Many of us judge other religions the same...

  • Bibi’s gift to Pope Francis: A book on when the church persecuted the Jews

    December 2, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Sounds like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a lovely meeting with Pope Francis.

    They talked for about a half-hour, focused on peace talks and touched on Iran. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, encouraged Francis to visit Israel. And Netanyahu gave the pope a book with the...

  • Netanyahu-pope meeting at Vatican explores Middle East, papal trip to Israel

    December 2, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis in their first face-to-face meeting talked about the Middle East and plans for a papal trip to Israel, among other issues.

    Also at Monday’s closed-door, 25-minute audience at the Vatican, Netanyahu presented the pope with...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier meets with Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 25, 2013 | 10:56 am

    In a private audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 24, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), urged the leader of the Catholic Church to confront the evil that exists in the world, even while praying and working for peace.

    “Evil existed during the...

  • Francis pledges to further Jewish-Catholic dialogue

    October 25, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Pope Francis reaffirmed his commitment to fighting discrimination and furthering Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

    During an audience at the Vatican Thursday with a 60-member delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Francis said that he has “repeated many times, in recent weeks, the...

  • Netanyahu will not meet pope during Rome visit

    October 21, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet with Pope Francis during a visit to Rome, as the Israeli leader’s office had announced.

    The Vatican reportedly never was asked to schedule a meeting for this week, and due to complex and conservative Vatican protocol cannot...

  • Abbas meets pope, invites him to visit Holy Land

    October 17, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel.

    The pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, has already told Israel he will visit and is...

  • Pope warns of anti-Semitism as Rome commemorates Holocaust victims

    October 11, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Pope Francis urged vigilance against any resurgence of anti-Semitism ahead of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Rome’s Jews to Auschwitz.

    Pope Francis made the warning Friday during a meeting at the Vatican with Italian Jewish leaders, including Riccardo Di Segni,...

  • Obama welcomes Pope Francis’ remarks on gays, abortion

    October 2, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed Pope Francis' recent remarks that the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuals, saying the pontiff was showing incredible humility.

    "I tell you, I have been hugely impressed...

  • July 30, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2013 | 3:29 am

    The US

    Headline: Liberal Democrats Move to Torpedo Iran Sanctions Bill

    To Read: Paul Pillar believes that not recognizing the Egyptian coup might be a highly problematic precedent for the US-

    The fact that there is a legal issue, given a statutory requirement to suspend...

  • Pope at Vatican meeting with Jewish delegation slams anti-Semitism

    June 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Pope Francis condemned anti-Semitism during a meeting with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.

    “Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said on June 24 at a meeting with a delegation of the International...

  • Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint

    June 24, 2013 | 11:46 am

    A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.

    Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the...

  • Pope Francis, Rome chief rabbi exchange holiday greetings

    April 1, 2013 | 6:40 am

    Pope Francis and Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni exchanged greetings to mark Passover and Easter.

    The two holidays overlap this year: Easter is on Sunday; Passover started last week and ends Tuesday.

    The holidays, Di Segni wrote to the pontiff, “represent both the link and...

  • Archbishop Gomez addresses AJC

    By Ryan Torok

    March 28, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez spoke about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s election as pope of the Roman Catholic Church, immigration reform and Catholic-Jewish relations during a dialogue organized by the American Jewish Committee of Los Angeles (AJC) on March 19.

    “I know...

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