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Catholic Jewish Relations

The Significance of the Pope's Upcoming Visit to Israel

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Pope Francis' trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.

The Saint for Shalom on Holocaust Memorial Day

Eric J. Greenberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Eric J. Greenberg

After the meeting, I somehow became the only guest left standing outside the Cardinal's residence. Police directed me to keep perfectly still -- pointing to the sharpshooters -- until the pope was safely inside his car.

Tolerance As a Religious Virtue

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.

Pope Francis: Christians "Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!"

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Speaking this week for the first time as pope to an official delegation of Jewish leaders, Pope Francis spoke out strongly on Catholic-Jewish relation...

Was This Anti-Nazi Pope Murdered?

Peter Eisner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Peter Eisner

When people think of the Vatican and World War II, they think immediately of Pius XII, the controversial pontiff between 1939 and 1958. But before him, there was a little-remembered pope, Pope Pius XI, who was loudly outspoken against the Nazis and was determined to call the world's attention to their atrocities.

Pope Francis Reaches Out To Jews

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Like his predecessor, Pope Francis reached out to Rome's Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to conti...

Jews Worldwide See An Ally In Pope Francis

Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), an...

The Vatican's Strong Defense Of The Jews

Religion News Service | Eric Greenberg and Philip Cunningham | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The head of a schismatic Roman Catholic sect known as the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) recently labeled Jews "enemies of the Church." The com...

An Irish Catholic's Prayer for Rosh Hashanah 5772

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

My own Rosh Hashana prayer is that the forces of imagination and prayer will marry, and ferry us all toward peace in 5772.

Catholic-Jewish Relations Still Have Far To Go

Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion

By Philip A. Cunningham and Eric J. Greenberg Religion News Service (RNS) A fascinating exchange recently took place in the pages of the Vatican's...

Jews Keep Wary Eye On New 'Hebrew Catholics' Group

Religion News Service | By Tim Townsend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Tim Townsend Religion News Service ST. LOUIS (RNS) Three years ago, just before Easter, then-Archbishop Raymond Burke attended a Passover seder wi...