Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

A Catholic priest who became an orthodox Jew

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Before he converted to Judaism Abraham, Carmel had served as a Catholic priest for 10 years. And the Catholic Church was not his first spiritual home. He had grown up in London in an Anglican family and turned to Catholicism in his 20s.  Read more Related Posts:’No church is perfect’: Anglican bishop becomes CatholicThe Jew Read more

A labour of love – sharing a culture and religion

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Collecting and exhibiting hundreds of artefacts is a huge task – and when the person doing the work’s only aim is to share their culture and religion with no thought to making a profit, it’s a labour of love. That’s the sort of exhibition Michael Clements, president of the New Zealand Jewish Archives has just Read more

Catholic and Jewish exhibition at Vatican shows “evolution in Catholic-Jewish dialogue”

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Catholic and Jewish communities in Rome have collaborated to create an exhibition of menorah, the seven-candled Hebrew lamp. The menorah is an ancient symbol of faith. Rome’s Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the unprecedented joint exhibition, more than three years in the making, showed the “evolution in the dialogue between Jews and Catholics”. The exhibition Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Relations with Judaism

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

247. We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29). The Church, which shares with Jews an important part of the sacred Scriptures, looks upon the people of the covenant and their faith as one Read more

Pope says ‘never again’ at Jerusalem Holocaust memorial

Friday, May 30th, 2014

During the final day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis made an emotional visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. On May 26, the Pope kissed the hands of half a dozen Holocaust survivors and heard their stories of persecution by the Nazis. He left an inscription in the Yad Read more

Rabbi: Welcome to Israel, Pope Francis

Friday, May 9th, 2014

In a few weeks, at the end of this month, Pope Francis will follow in the footsteps of his immediate two papal predecessors, by making a religious/diplomatic pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Pope John Paul II did so in March 2000, and Pope Benedict visited in 2009. Read more

Jesus and the Jews

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

Hanukkah: A story of revolution and miracles

Friday, November 29th, 2013

This year, some people are celebrating “Thanksgivukkah,” as Thanksgiving is celebrated the day after the first Hanukkah calendars are lit on Wednesday night. The convergence of these two holidays won’t happen again for another 77,798 years, according to some calculations. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Read more

The Spanish Inquisition in context

Friday, July 5th, 2013

It is difficult for us to understand the Spanish Inquisition because we are so used to the separation of church and state in modern times. During the time in which the Inquisition in Spain was most active (1480-1600s), however, heresy was considered a crime similar to political treason because the monarchies of Europe and the Read more

A broken offering — Leonard Cohen

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A cracked voice, an empty bank account, a tour of duty. Who would have thought so much light could still get in? Leonard Cohen’s autumnal years have been afflicted, and his writing nuanced, by more than a simple awareness of his own mortality. The Canadian singer-songwriter spent most of the 1990s in a Zen monastery Read more