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  • At a Jewish time of reflection, thoughts on a pope and Catholicism

    May 5, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Passover is over and Shavuot is weeks away. It’s a season when Jews traditionally take time for contemplation and reflection.

    This year, I’ve been reflecting on Catholicism. Rather on the complicated interfaith nexuses between Catholics and Jews.

    In large part, of course, this is...

  • Museum of Tolerance to Create Exhibit on Pope John Paul II

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 3, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    On April 29, two days before Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome, the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced plans to establish a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles dedicated to the late pontiff.

    A native of Poland, during his papacy John Paul worked to...

  • Pope John Paul II, proponent of Jewish-Catholic relations, is beatified

    May 1, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    Pope John Paul II, who made fostering Catholic-Jewish relations and remembering the Holocaust cornerstones of his papacy, was beatified at the Vatican.

    John Paul’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, officiated at Sunday’s ceremony—the last step before canonization, or sainthood—before an...

  • Israel flag flies,  a Czech surprise, voter fraud, bridge to understanding

    October 10, 2008 | 1:18 am

    Consul General Dayan

    I have been around long enough now to see many Israeli consuls general come and go ("Death to Fanatistan," Oct. 3).

    Some made a big difference; some had almost no discernible impact. But on a warm September day on Wilshire Boulevard, Consul General Yaakov...
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  • Vatican ambassador on Israel: ‘Better when there were no diplomatic relations’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 21, 2007 | 9:22 am


    The Vatican’s former ambassador to Israel has some frank words about his faith in relations with the Jewish state.

    Italians have a wonderful phrase they use when things don’t work out as they had hoped: “It was better when it was worse.”

    That was the thrust of...

  • Was Pope John Paul II allowed to die?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 27, 2007 | 10:07 am


    An Italian doctor has the Vatican defending that Pope John Paul II was not allowed to kill himself by denying necessary medical treatment, which in his case was the administration of a feeding tube. The pope, who died in April 2005 after a long bought with Parkinson’s, didn’t...

  • Letters

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Real Rabbi

    We can't speak for our entire congregation, but Rabbi Karen Deitch's article ("SWF Rabbi," April 1) did not embarrass us (Letters, April 29). We invite you to attend one of our erev Shabbat services when Deitch is officiating. She is a well-spoken, insightful and...

  • John Paul II and the Jews

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    For 20 centuries, the Catholic Church has had a turbulent relationship with the Jewish people. Jews were persecuted and held responsible for the death of Jesus, and were often the victims of church-instigated pogroms and anti-Semitic attacks.

    With the passing of Pope John...

  • Milestones in Pope’s Relations With Jews

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    During his papacy, Pope John Paul II repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism and met frequently with Jewish religious and lay leaders. He also took certain steps that Jews criticized. Following are some of the milestones in his relations with Jews and Israel:

    1920s-1930s -- Karol...

  • L.A. Rabbis Voice Praise for John Paul II

    By David Finnigan

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    Pope John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m. in Rome, which was 11:37 a.m. Saturday in Los Angeles -- in the middle of Shabbat -- at the same time that Rabbi David Wolpe talked to his Sinai Temple congregation about a pope who deserved the gratitude of the Jewish people.

    "Although we...

  • Community Briefs

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wiesenthal Delegation Asks Pope to Condemn Terror

    In a 40-minute private audience Monday, Dec. 1 with Pope John Paul II, a Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation appealed to the pontiff to condemn suicide bombings and international terrorism as "crimes against God and crimes...

  • Selling AWACS to China

    By Eric Silver

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin donned his black kippah and followed in Pope John Paul II's footsteps to the Western Wall last week, confident that the world's biggest atheistic state would soon receive a $250 million airborne surveillance system from Israel Aircraft Industries on...
  • Seeking Forgiveness

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Pope John Paul II will act this month on two prominent themes that have colored his papacy: seeking forgiveness for past Catholic errors, including the treatment of Jews, and his intense personal dream of making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    But his actions on these issues are coming...

  • A Misstep on the Road to Reconciliation

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Though the agreement signed by the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) last week was aimed at strengthening Arab-Catholic ties, it will probably go down as having a greater influence on Catholic-Jewish ties.

    Signed on the eve of Pope John Paul II's trip to Israel...

  • The Pope and the Jews

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    According to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
  • Cardinal Repentance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In a High Holiday letter to Jewish friends, New York's Roman Catholic cardinal has expressed "abject sorrow" for centuries of anti-Semitism, and called for a new era of respect and love between Christians and Jews.

    The powerfully worded letter from Cardinal John O'Connor echoed...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
  • The Pope and Repentance

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I begin by expressing my admiration and respect for Monsignor Vadakin whom I have known for close to three decades. I have reason to know of his integrity and moral courage, his deep respect for Judaism and his love for the Jewish people.

    It is not with anyone that I would broach the...

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