Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

Transgender inclusion? World’s major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

Monday, April 15th, 2024

The Vatican has issued a new document rejecting the concept of changing one’s biological sex. This is a setback for transgender people who had hoped Pope Francis might be setting the stage for a more welcoming approach from the Catholic Church. World Religions Around the world, major religions have diverse approaches to gender identity, and Read more

Respect Judaism, condemn Israeli policies

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Every Christian should have a deep respect for Judaism. When we consider that our Lord Jesus, our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph, the twelve apostles, and the very first disciples were practicing religious Jews. We also need to consider that the Christian New Testament is firmly rooted in the Jewish Scriptures of the Old Testament. Read more

The Jewish roots of the Eucharist

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023
roots of the eucharist

To understand the Eucharist, we must remember that Jesus and his first disciples were all Jews. We might even say the first Christians were Jewish heretics because, unlike their fellow Jews, they believed Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. After Pentecost, the Jewish Christians continued to go to the temple to pray. If they were Read more

Rabbi gets Papal Knighthood

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
Papal knighthood

A papal knighthood is a rare honour. Even more so is being honoured as a Papal Knight of St Gregory. Jewish Papal Knights of St Gregory are even rarer. The order, established in 1831, recognises personal service or unusual labour in support of the Catholic Church. Rabbi A. James Rudin, the longtime interreligious affairs director Read more

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

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