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Judaism

 

Promoting peace in the face of violence in the name of religion

Joint Statement1. The Catholic co-chair Cardinal Peter Turkson opened the meeting welcoming the delegations, introducing the current theme, and wishing fruitful deliberations. The Jewish co-chair ...

A thundering silence

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp as part of his journey to Poland, the President of the Union of ...

A thirty-year long embrace

“Every time that he thought of that embrace, he did so with great pride and satisfaction”: with these words Lia Toaff recalls the fascinating stories ...

On the 50th annivesary of 'Nostra Aetate'

On Thursday morning, 10 December, a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office, which presented a document of the Pontifical Commission for ...

The Holy Father to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome

Following the invitation of the Chief Rabbi and Jewish community of Rome, Pope Francis will pay a visit to the Great Synagogue on Sunday afternoon, ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Elio Toaff

“Protagonist in Jewish history and Italian society in recent decades, he gained mutual respect and appreciation for his moral authority, in addition to his profound ...

Deploring all forms of anti-Semitism

“Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people”. Pope Francis highlighted this on ...

The woman who betrayed Anne Frank

The question of who betrayed Anne Frank – who sent the Gestapo on 4 August 1944 to arrest the eight Jews hidden behind a bookcase ...

The cry of Auschwitz

“Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples”. With this tweet, Pope ...

I was one of those Jewish children

In June 2013, Giovanni Preziosi wrote an article for L'Osservatore in which he recalled the the Sisters of Jesus the Redeemer who aided Jewish children ...

The story of a journey

“He called me on my cellphone while I was walking down the street with my son Rafael, who is specializing in cardiology. He told me: ...

That tragic day: 16 October 1943

The presence of Enzo Camerino at the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis this morning, Wednesday 16 October, in the Chapel of Santa Marta was ...

Unrestrained anti-semitism at a rock festival

Summer of 2013: a time of gathering, celebration and relaxing. In Belgium too 35,000 people gathered for a concert on 4 to 7 July in ...

Meant to mar the Church of Pius XII

Giovanni Palatucci, police superintendent of Fiume in 1944, was arrested by the Germans and died in Dachau in February 1945. Declared Righteous Among the Nations ...

Wisdom never ages

I am sorry about the Pope’s decision to renounce the Pontificate. This is an original decision as he is an original and courageous man. I ...

In 'Nostra Aetate' a heritage to be valued

17 January 2013 - the Day of Judaism in Churches in Italy, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands -is the perfect occasion to recall the work ...

The root and the wild branches

The history of Jewish-Christian relations is complex and difficult. Alongside the positive moments, in which several bishops took the Jews under their wing to protect ...

A forgotten exodus

There were between 850,000 and 1 million Jews who lived in Arab countries in 1948. By 1976, there was only 25,000. In one generation, that ...

Tintin in Jerusalem

Underlining the interwoven nature of humour, the graphic novel and Jewish culture is the dossier “Comics & Jews” of the monthly Pagine Ebraiche . Comics ...

Dressed to escape, even at night

16 October 1943 represents one of the most dramatic days in Italian history, marked by shame and grief due to the despicable roundup in the ...

With tenacity for peace

A commitment to work with even more determination to promote justice and peace is the invitation that the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land wished ...

Yad Vashem defendes the caption on Pius XII

Concerning the change in the caption beside a photograph of Pius XII at Yad Vashem the Management of the Sacred Holocaust History Museum has criticised ...

The Woman who wanted to teach the Torah

Today discussing the appointment of a female rabbi means walking on hot coals, just imagine how it would have been in Nazi Germany in the ...

Jews and Judaism in the united Italy

What was meant by “making Jews Italian” in the period that followed the Risorgimento and the full emancipation of the Jews? By what procedure, from ...

The Catechism in Hebrew

How do you write “Trinity” in Hebrew? And “Immaculate Conception”? The problem is not the mere translation of the words but the context in which ...

The Pope sends his best wishes to Rome’s Jewish community

On Thursday, 29 September, Benedict XVI sent a Telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Dr Riccardo Di Segni for Rosh Ha-Shanah, for Yom Kippur ...

Christians and Jews together to promote the rights of every man and woman

All believers should bear constant witness to the transcendent and "embody the conviction that a loving, compassionate Providence" guides history "no matter how difficult and ...

The Jewish families hidden by Pius XII

The following are extracts translated from the article published in the Italian daily of L'Osservatore Romano on 11 May. The story which we are about ...

The laborers of art

The final twelve volumes of a twenty-four volume set of the Encyclopedia of Music Composed in Concentration Camps will be released in the next few ...

The Jews and the frail Pope

Every time you met John Paul II you had the feeling that something important was happening; he had a solemnity about him that was instantly ...

In 1934 the Pope hired a German Jew

In a brilliant and well-researched article in the Italian daily, Il Foglio , of 16 April, Paolo Rodari recalled the figure of Hermine Speier. Born ...

From the abyss of evil

Benedict XVI’s “pilgrimage” — as he chose to call it — to the Fosse Ardeatine to pay homage to the victims of the appalling massacre ...

There can be a future  free from hatred and revenge

On Sunday morning, 27 March, the Holy Father visited the Sacrarium of the Fosse Ardeatine to commemorate the 67th anniversary (24 March) of the 1944 ...

Understanding one another

During the Fifth General Congregation, on Wednesday afternoon, 13 October Rabbi David Rosen, Advisor to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Director of the Department for ...

Benedict XVI's good wishes to the Jewish Community of Rome

On the occasion of the Jewish Holy Days of Rosh Ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, Benedict XVI addressed a Telegram to Dr Riccardo Di Segni, ...

Fraternal relations between Catholics and Jews

On the occasion of the 95th birthday of Rav Elio Toaff, Chief Rabbi of Rome emeritus, the Holy Father sent a hand-written Message of greetings. ...

If historians ignore testimony

In the current argument about the action of Pius xii and, in particular, the problem of the Pontiff's “silence” on the tragedy of the Shoah, ...

The Nazis knew Pius XII well which is why they feared him

Bernard-Henri Lévy's article – written after Benedict XVI's visit to the Jewish community of Rome and in which he juxtaposes as scapegoats the figures of ...

The Pope's silence was not out of fear

On 28 June 1964 “L’Osservatore della Domenica” published the account by Fr Paolo Dezza, sj – Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University from 1941-1951 – ...

Never again such tragedy in the name of racial and religious hatred

After the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 January, the “Day of Memory”, the Holy Father made an Appeal in remembrance of all victims of racial ...

Catholics and Jews join together to safeguard the environment

The Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel held its ninth meeting from 17-20 January (“Shvat”, 2-5, 5790), following its ...

Grasping the hand that Catholics stretch out to us

The Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See wrote the following article for the February issue of “Pagine Ebraiche”, the monthly of the Union of ...

The Pope at the Synagogue? An important event

No one could be more suitable than Rabbi Jacob Neusner – one of the greatest experts and scholars on Judaism alive – to discuss the ...

An irrevocable commitment to pursue the path of fraternity

On Sunday, 17 January, the Holy Father visited the Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue of Rome. After delivering his Discourse in the Synagogue, the ...

A moment of grace

Benedict XVI described his Visit to the Jewish Community of Rome – the most ancient Diaspora in the West – as a moment of grace. ...

An historic (but also a normal) visit

The following is the translation of an article that Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor-in-Chief of L’Osservatore Romano wrote for “Vita e Pensiero”, the two-monthly journal ...

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