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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Pope at installation gives shout-out to Jews

    March 19, 2013 | 8:46 am

    Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Jews during the open-air Mass that formally installed him as pontiff.

    Francis began his homily Tuesday by greeting the Catholic dignitaries and faithful in the huge crowd that crammed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area. He thanked...

  • Jews find early signs from Pope Francis encouraging

    March 18, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    When the white smoke rose last week at the Vatican, signaling to the world that the College of Cardinals had chosen a new pope, Catholics weren’t the only ones waiting with bated breath.

    Jews, too, were eager to see whether the new pontiff would be someone familiar with their...

  • New pope is an old friend of the Jewish community

    March 18, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Before immigrating to the United States from Argentina, I was invited several times on national public holidays to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires for Catholic Mass celebrated by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. As a gesture of inclusiveness, the group of...

  • March 15, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 15, 2013 | 3:41 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama: Iran more than a year away from developing nuclear weapon

    To Read:  Jeffrey Goldberg gives his take President Obama's decision to come to Israel:

    President Obama heads next week to Israel, with a side trip to the West Bank and an overnight visit to...

  • Pope Francis reaches out to Italy’s chief rabbi

    By Rob Eshman

    March 14, 2013 | 11:44 am

    If the Jewish world was waiting for a sign from Pope Francis regarding his relations with its community, it didn't take long.

    In his first day as Pope today, Francis I wrote to the Chief Rabbi of the Rome Jewish Community, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, inviting him to his Inauguration...

  • World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday.

    "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by...

  • Jewish leaders, groups welcome Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    Jewish leaders around the world welcomed Wednesday’s selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis upon his selection, has been the archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998 and is the first from the...

  • New pope, Jorge Mario Bergogli of Argentina, has Jewish connections

    March 13, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentinian cardinal who was elected pope late Wednesday and will take the name Francis I, is said to have a good relationship with Argentinian Jews.

    Bergoglio, 76, a Jesuit, was the choice of the College of Cardinals following two days of voting in...

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope

    March 13, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope on Wednesday to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a prelate announced to huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

    He took the name Pope Francis, the cardinal said.

    Cardinals elected Bergoglio on just the second day of a...

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