Posts Tagged ‘Jews’

Christians called to convert Muslims not Jews: Cardinal Comments 1

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides. Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in the United Kingdom, the Catholic Herald reported. Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should Read more

Irish priest who saved Jews in WWII honoured Comments 1

Friday, May 13th, 2016

An Irish priest who saved thousands of Jews and Allied soldiers during World War II has been honoured at the Vatican. Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty disguised himself from Nazi secret police and set up safe houses in Rome between 1943 and 1944. One of the safe houses was right next to the secret police’s main headquarters Read more

Vatican states Church doesn’t formally try to convert Jews Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

A new Vatican document has affirmed that the Catholic Church does not support any institutional mission to convert Jews. Marking 50 years of Catholic-Jewish dialogue since Vatican II, the Pontifical Council for Religious Relations with Jews has published “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”. The document states that Catholics are called to witness Read more

Bishops ask Rome to change Latin liturgy prayer for Jews Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The bishops of England and Wales have appealed to Rome to change the Good Friday prayer for Jews as it is said in the extraordinary form liturgy. The prayer reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of Read more

Eucharistic Convention in Auckland featured Jewish themes Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The 22nd Eucharistic Convention held in Auckland has featured strong Jewish themes. Guest speakers included Jewish born American Roy Schoeman whose parents survived the Holocaust. Initially, Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher was to speak this year, but due to an unforeseen event she couldn’t’ make it. Auckland residents Bob and Freda Narev accepted the invitation to Read more

Film about Pius XII panned by Catholic and Jewish media Comments 1

Friday, March 6th, 2015

An Italian film that attempts to defend Pope Pius XII over his wartime role has been criticised by Catholic and Jewish media. “Shades of Truth” is the account of a fictional present-day American journalist and critic of Pius who changes his mind after carrying out research. Some Jews have accused Pope Pius of failing to Read more

Former Anglican Bishop John Gray stripped of title Comments 0

Friday, February 27th, 2015

An Anglican bishop in New Zealand who offended Jews and Muslims last month has lost his episcopal title. Former Bishop John Gray shocked visiting Jews in Christchurch last month when he told them the Holocaust “should have taught you a lesson”. Gray, who was head of the Maori Anglican diocese in the South Island, also Read more

What the media gets wrong about Israel Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs is also the least covered: the press itself. The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it, a role with consequences for the millions Read more

Two new saints for the Jews Comments 0

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as Catholic saints on the eve of Yom Hashoah, the international day of Holocaust remembrance observed in Israel and by Jews around the world. These two popes’ personal narratives are inseparable from the Holocaust, and their reactions to the Read more

Jesus and the Jews Comments 1

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

New Testament scholars have spent an impressive amount of energy on the study of the historical Jesus and much of it in the last few decades has revolved around his Jewishness. Christian reawakening to the Jewishness of Jesus began in the late nineteenth century but received greater attention as Christians devoted increased attention to Jews Read more