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  • Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gay population for past treatment

    June 27, 2016 | 3:32 pm

    Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

    Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for...

  • Swedish nun who saved Jews from Nazis made a saint

    June 6, 2016 | 10:41 am

    A Swedish nun who saved Jewish families from the Nazis during the Holocaust was made a saint.

    Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad was canonized on Sunday by Pope Francis during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. She becomes the first Swedish saint in more than 600 years.

  • Bernie Sanders stops by Vatican to take economic message global

    April 15, 2016 | 2:04 pm

    Bernie Sanders denounced capitalist excess, called for a global “moral economy” and praised Pope Francis’ leadership in a speech here.

    The Jewish senator spoke for 10 minutes Friday at the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences just hours after making some...

  • Sanders to attend Vatican conference on social, environmental issues

    April 8, 2016 | 8:13 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accepted an invitation to visit the Vatican for a conference on social, economic and environmental issues, his campaign said.

    “Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce...

  • Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz

    March 14, 2016 | 3:54 pm

    Pope Francis will visit Auschwitz during a trip to Poland in late July.

    According to a schedule released over the weekend, the pontiff will visit the former Nazi death camp on July 29 during a five-day visit to Poland to mark the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.

    Main Youth...

  • Toronto rabbi, wife receive papal blessing for 70th anniversary

    March 8, 2016 | 11:09 am

    A Toronto rabbi and his wife received a blessing from the pope as a wedding anniversary gift.

    To mark their 70th year together, Rabbi Erwin Schild and his wife, Laura, were presented with a handwritten scroll stamped with the papal seal and a photo of Pope Francis.

    The couple...

  • Pope says Trump ‘not Christian,’ Trump calls comment ‘disgraceful’

    February 18, 2016 | 10:55 am

    Pope Francis assailed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views on U.S. immigration as "not Christian" on Thursday, prompting the billionaire businessman to reprimand the religious leader as "disgraceful" for questioning his faith.

    No stranger to controversy, Trump,...

  • Israeli player speaks up for pope’s Soccer for Peace match

    February 4, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    An Israeli soccer player recorded a message of support for Pope Francis’ second Soccer for Peace exhibition match.

    On Wednesday, the pope launched the second edition of Soccer for Peace featuring all-star players scheduled for May 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

    Eran Zahavi...

  • Pope expected to visit Auschwitz during trip to Poland in July

    January 29, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Pope Francis is expected to visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during his visit to Poland in July, the Vatican said.

    The Vatican spokesman, speaking during the presentation of a book by a 90-year-old Italian Holocaust survivor on Wednesday night, said the visit was "highly...

  • Pope asks Iran to work for Mideast peace, stop spread of terrorism

    January 26, 2016 | 11:24 am

    Pope Francis met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Vatican on Tuesday and urged Tehran to work with other Middle East states to promote peace and stop the spread of terrorism and arms trafficking in the region.

    Shi'ite Muslim Iran is the strongest ally of Syrian President...

  • Pope Francis, in visit to Rome synagogue, calls for end to religious violence

    January 19, 2016 | 10:48 am

    Making the third visit ever by a pope to Rome’s Great Synagogue, Pope Francis and Jewish leaders condemned violence in the name of religion and said the extraordinary rapprochement between Jews and Catholics over the past 50 years should serve as a model for other faiths.

  • What Pope Francis synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations

    January 15, 2016 | 8:28 am

    When Pope Francis crosses the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he’ll become the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore shows that what was once unthinkable is now the norm.

    “Our meeting,” Rome Chief...

  • Pope Francis to visit Rome synagogue for first time

    November 17, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Pope Francis will make his first pontifical visit to Rome's Great Synagogue next year, the Vatican and the city's Jewish community said in statements on Tuesday.

    Francis, who had a good relationship with the Jewish community in his native Argentina, will go to the synagogue on the bank of the Tiber River on Jan. 17 for the first time since he was elected pope in 2013.

    He will be the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit the seat of Rome's Jews after his predecessor Benedict and John Paul II.

  • Pope Francis to visit Rome’s main synagogue

    November 17, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Pope Francis will visit the main synagogue of Rome, the city’s Jewish community announced.

    The visit is scheduled for Jan. 17, according to the Tuesday morning announcement.

    It will be the third time that a sitting pope will visit the synagogue: Pope John Paul II came in 1986 and Pope Benedict the XVI in 2010.

    During his visit, Francis will meet with national and local Jewish leaders.

  • Pope Francis: Attacks on Israel are anti-Semitic

    October 30, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Pope Francis said that attacks both on Jews and the State of Israel are anti-Semitic.

    “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” the pope said in a private meeting at the Vatican with Jewish leaders on Wednesday,...

  • Pope Francis meets with Jewish leaders on 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

    October 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Jewish leaders met with Pope Francis in Rome on the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, the declaration promulgated by Pope Paul VI that led to improved relations between Jews and Catholics.

    “Yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity. No to anti-Semitism,” the...

  • Why Jews don’t have a pope

    By David Suissa

    September 30, 2015 | 10:33 am

    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

    September 30, 2015 | 9:56 am

    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

    September 29, 2015 | 10:55 am

    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

    September 25, 2015 | 8:59 am

    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

    September 25, 2015 | 8:52 am

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 11:12 am

    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

    September 24, 2015 | 10:00 am

    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

    September 22, 2015 | 10:09 am

    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

    September 21, 2015 | 9:53 am

    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

    September 21, 2015 | 9:35 am

    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...

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