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  • Why Jews don’t have a pope

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    I know plenty of Jews who would love to see a pope-like figure tell other Jews what to do. An Orthodox pope, for example, would have the power to boot out “Open Orthodox” rabbis who have been irritating the establishment lately with their progressive ideas. You mess with tradition,...

  • Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

    2 weeks ago

    Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, secretly met Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last week, a meeting she called greatly encouraging.

    The Vatican confirmed the pope's meeting in a brief...

  • Pope Francis visits Catholic-Jewish statue in Philadelphia

    2 weeks ago

    Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to a statue that refutes centuries of anti-Semitic imagery in Catholic art.

    The pope and his friend, Buenos Aires rabbi Abraham Skorka, on Sunday visited the campus of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia so that the pope could bless the...

  • ‘Coming Together in Faith on Climate’ at the Washington National Cathedral

    3 weeks ago

    Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai – Nagila Venismicha Bo!
    This is day God has given us; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
    Many of us went to sleep last night, still stirred by the words of Pope Francis, reinforced by the additional teachings of faith leaders from across the spiritual...
  • Why Pope Francis has given religion a good name again

    3 weeks ago

    This is a momentous week — not only because it is Judaism’s most sacred season, but also because as we welcome 5776, we in North America are also welcoming Pope Francis, one of the most inspiring religious leaders of our time.

    Rather than hiding in medieval liturgical texts, this...

  • Happy new year, Pope Francis

    3 weeks ago

    Dear Pope Francis,

    I’m sure your much-anticipated visit to the United States was not timed to coincide with our season of holy days, a time of personal renewal and return to God, all in celebration of the world’s creation. But we are delighted to share this special season with...

  • ‘No justification whatsoever’ for homelessness, Pope Francis says in Washington

    3 weeks ago

    Pope Francis met for lunch with 200 people who are homeless or living in poverty in Washington on Thursday and told them there was no social or moral justification for homelessness.

    Francis, after delivering a speech to the Congress in which he urged lawmakers to do more to help...

  • Pope tells Congress U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants

    3 weeks ago

    Pope Francis told Congress on Thursday that the United States should reject a "mindset of hostility" to immigrants, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.

    In a historic first speech by a pope to a...

  • Everything Jews need to know about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

    3 weeks ago

    On his first-ever trip to the United States, Pope Francis will arrive at the beginning of Yom Kippur and will not visit any synagogues.

    Nevertheless, many American Jews will welcome his arrival (though they are probably less ecstatic about the traffic his presence will bring to...

  • Pope’s White House visit to coincide with Yom Kippur

    3 weeks ago

    Pope Francis’ visit to the White House will coincide with Yom Kippur, meaning that no rabbis likely will be in attendance at the arrival ceremony.

    More than 10,000 guests are expected at the ceremony, the Washington Post reported, adding that D.C.-area Jews on their way to...

  • Vatican to raise its flag at United Nations for Pope’s visit

    3 weeks ago

    The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday morning ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the world body, the Holy See mission to the United Nations said on Monday.

    Pope Francis is due to address the United Nations in New York on Friday during his...

  • 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...

  • 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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    April 21, 2015 | 6:54 am

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    TOP TALKER: "George Soros' son builds a PAC for Jewish voters" by Tarini Parti: "Alex Soros, 29, who has steadily increased his political and philanthropic giving in recent years, has helped...
  • 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...

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