Pope Francis

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

Pope Francis' Israel Trip Merges Political, Spiritual

The symbolism stretches from wall to wall as pontiff visits Israel and and Palestinian territories.

05/27/2014
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Jerusalem — Though Pope Francis billed his trip to the Holy Land as a purely spiritual pilgrimage, it inevitably turned political within minutes of touching down on a seldom-used helipad in Bethlehem.

Pope Francis holds a note at the Western Wall. Like many, he left it in a crevice between the site’s rocks. Getty Images
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Betty Ehrenberg joined leaders of other faiths and Pope Francis during his visit to Israel.

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Betty Ehrenberg, chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the representative Jewish group that deals with other world religious bodies, was in Israel this week for the two-day visit there of Pope Francis.

Interfaith leader Betty Ehrenberg last year with Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of IJCIC

At Lunch With Pope, Netanyahu Stresses Need For Security Fence

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Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he prepared to end his visit to Israel.

Pope Francis Comes To Israel

05/21/2014
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The most encouraging aspect of the visit to Israel this weekend of Pope Francis is that such a papal pilgrimage to the Holy Land has become expected, if not routine, in recent years. Francis is the third consecutive pope to make the trip — the first foreign journey of his reign — following John Paul II in 2000 and Benedict XVI in 2009.

The Pope’s Entourage

A rabbi, a pontiff and a sheik walk into Ben Gurion.

05/20/2014
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Rome — With a rabbi and a Muslim sheik as his travel companions, Pope Francis is heading to the Middle East with what he hopes will be a powerful message of interfaith respect.

Pope To Visit Israel In May

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Pope Francis will visit Israel in May as well as Jordan and the West Bank.

The pontiff made the formal announcement of his long-anticipated trip from his Vatican window before a crowd who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square on a rainy Sunday.

Pope Francis’ Message To A Son Of Holocaust Survivors

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Pope Francis is an extraordinary man.

In the few months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became the head of the Roman Catholic Church he has changed the atmospherics of the Vatican more profoundly — and most observers would emphatically say for the better — than anyone since Pope John XXIII more than 50 years ago.

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A Message From Pope Francis To A Son Of Holocaust Survivors

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Pope Francis is an extraordinary man.

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Pope Francis Conveys New Year Greetings

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Pope Francis in a meeting with Jewish leaders sent Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jews worldwide and expressed “concern” at the ban on kosher slaughter in Poland.

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