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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vatican culture minister tweets Lou Reed tribute, then a clarification

    October 29, 2013 | 9:46 am

    The Vatican’s culture minister tweeted a tribute to the iconic Jewish-born singer Lou Reed, then a clarification that he did not condone drug use.

    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi on Monday tweeted a verse from Reed’s song “Perfect Day.” Reed died Sunday at 71 of complications...

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  • 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...

  • This week in power: DOMA, Pope, Immigration, Ferris Wheel

    By Danny Groner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    DOMA overturned
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Many religious organizations, including the...

  • 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...

  • Piazza Palatucci

    June 24, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Last weekend, on a gorgeously sunny afternoon in a remote (and extraordinarily picturesque) village high in the mountains of central Italy, I attended a ceremony that, in signature Italian style, was operatic in its mix of hyperbole and sincere commitment.

    The occasion was the...

  • Pope accepts Peres’ invitation to Israel

    April 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

    The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Argentinian Pope Bergoglio a moderate focused on the poor

    March 13, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    The first Latin American pope, Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio is a moderate known for his strong negotiating skills as well as a readiness to challenge powerful interests.

    He is a modest man from a middle class family who is content to travel by bus.

    Described by his biographer as...

  • Papabili rabbis and holy envy

    By Mark Paredes

    March 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    After my first year of law school, I spent half the summer clerking at a law firm in Rome whose office was just a few blocks from the Vatican. I went to St. Peter’s Square every day for lunch, got to touch Pope John Paul II’s hand as he whisked by in his Popemobile during a general...

  • Pope Benedict quits Vatican with promise to obey successor

    February 28, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Pope Benedict left the Vatican on Thursday after pledging unconditional obedience to whoever succeeds him to guide the Roman Catholic Church at one of the most crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history.

    The first pope in six centuries to step down, Benedict flew off in a...

  • Netanyahu thanks Pope for deepening Christian-Jewish ties

    February 19, 2013 | 12:31 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked outgoing Pope Benedict on Monday for his efforts to shore up often troubled relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Jews, including with his 2009 visit to the Holy Land.

    That trip, in which the German-born Benedict paid...

  • Exit Benedict, pray for another European pope

    By Mark Paredes

    February 11, 2013 | 10:46 pm

    Like most people around the world, I was rather surprised to hear that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become former Pope Benedict XVI. He’s the first pope in 600 years to resign, and it will be interesting to see whom the cardinal electors elect to succeed him (let us pray it’s...

  • Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with occasional bumps

    February 11, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges made to continue...

  • Israel’s chief rabbi praises Pope, wishes him good health

    February 11, 2013 | 3:53 am

    Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger on Monday praised Pope Benedict's inter-religious outreach and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.

    "During his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the church and the chief rabbinate and we...

  • Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement text

    February 11, 2013 | 3:45 am

    The following is the text of the speech that Pope Benedict delivered in Latin to members of a consistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday. It was distributed by the Vatican in a statement:

    "Dear Brothers,

    I have convoked you to this Consistory,...

  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing frailty

    February 11, 2013 | 3:17 am

    Pope Benedict shocked the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry, in an announcement that left his aides "incredulous" and will make him the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages.

    The German-born Pope, 85,...

  • Vatican rejects bishop’s calling Jews ‘enemies of the church’

    January 8, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The Vatican rejected comments by the head of a breakaway traditionalist group calling Jews “enemies of the church” and reiterated that it was committed to dialogue with the Jewish world.

    "It is impossible to speak of the Jews as enemies of the Church," Vatican spokesman the Rev....

  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

  • New Israeli envoy to Vatican takes post

    October 1, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Zion Evrony has taken up his post as Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See.

    Evrony, who was appointed to the post in July, presented his Letters of Credence to Pope Benedict XVI at an audience with the pontiff on Sept. 28.

    He was born in Iran in 1949 but made aliyah as a baby....

  • Vatican steps up condemnation of Libya violence

    September 14, 2012 | 9:39 am

    The Vatican significantly sharpened its condemnation of the violent attack in Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. State Department personnel.

    The comments came as Pope Benedict XVI began a two-day visit to Lebanon on Friday.

    “The very serious...

  • British nun who saved Jews from Shoah on way to sainthood

    January 19, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A British nun who saved dozens of Jews in Rome during the Holocaust has been advanced on the road to sainthood.

    Britain’s Catholic Herald newspaper said the file on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hamrough, who died in 1966, was sent recently to the Vatican for investigation by the...

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