Pope Francis

Marking Fifty Years Of Nostra Aetate

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Barely two weeks after attending Pope Francis’ Interfaith Service at Ground Zero, I had another, even more surreal experience last night involving the Catholic Church.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Ordain Women? Vatican Synod Gets An Unexpected Proposal


The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but instead ordaining women — not as priests, but as deacons.

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as he arrives in procession. RNS

No Joke: A Rabbi Is The Pope’s Official Funny Man

Vermont rabbi wins ‘Joke With The Pope’ contest, title and mucho naches.

Staff Writer

On the eve of Pope Francis’ recent trip to the United States, an organization of the Catholic Church launched a jokewiththepope.org website that announced a competition to decide the title of Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope. Interested men and women were invited to submit – via videos, or typed-out jokes --their favorite ones, clean humor that would reflect the Vatican’s standards and values.

Rabbi Bob Alper has a fan in the Pope. Sultan Khan

A Day In The Life: From Pope To Pajamas

Jewish Week Online Columnist

One of my very favorite things about the pulpit rabbinate is that no two days are the same. Unlike the iconic 9-5 job, with well-defined hours and expectations, the rabbinate is more “free-form,” with hours that are, in theory and often in practice, 24/7. You’re always on call, because the kinds of needs that rabbis are expected to meet are not restricted to any one time of day.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Cosgrove’s Papal Moment

Staff Writer

In 1986, Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome, welcomed Pope John Paul II, marking the first recorded papal visit to a synagogue.

 Pope Francis flanked by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Imam Khalid Latif at interfaith service last week at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

‘He Gets The Jewish People’

Pope Francis’ ‘unprecedented’ bond with the Jewish community fueling hope that Vatican’s WWII archives will open soon.

Staff Writer

A month before the 50th anniversary of the Vatican document that reversed two millennia of Catholic enmity towards the Jewish people, Pope Francis on Friday will lead an event here that further symbolizes the improving relationship between the two religious communities.

Pope Francis, who will lead an interfaith gathering Friday at the 9/11 memorial and museum. Getty Images

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Stirs Consciences, But Responses Vary


PARIS - Europe’s refugee crisis has inspired faith communities across the continent to open their doors to the newcomers and advocate for more state and private help, but the urgency of their calls and the depth of responses to them vary from country to country:

Migrants are welcomed as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany, on September 6, 2015. RNS

Rome Chief Rabbi, Pope Meet At Vatican


Rome — The chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Was Pope Francis Speaking To The Jews?

Special To The Jewish Week

If you are looking for prophetic words that rail against injustice and hypocrisy, you are probably not going to find them emanating from the lips of those who hold positions of power. Abraham Joshua Heschel, the great Jewish moral spokesman of the 20th century, constantly goaded the Jewish community into thinking deeply about why synagogues and Jewish institutions should even exist: “The problem is not how to fill the buildings but how to inspire the hearts.” He was greatly concerned about the bureaucracy of Jewish life, and he believed that the Jewish community was not asking the tough questions that demanded response.

Lee Bycel

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. 

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