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Pope Francis: ‘Inside every Christian is a Jew’

06/17/2014
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Vatican City – Underscoring the close ties between Christianity and Judaism and calling Holocaust denial “madness,” Pope Francis told an interviewer that “inside every Christian is a Jew.”

The Pope meets Israeli president Shimon Peres for a peace prayer in June. Getty Images

The Year Ahead: Pope Francis and the Pius Archives

12/31/2013
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For many Catholics, Pope Francis is a cleansing breath of fresh air. In a short nine months since taking over at the Vatican, he has reset the Church, putting a strong focus on tolerance, simplicity and helping the poor. For Jews, he’s the pope with a rebbe. The pope has maintained a longtime friendship with Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka (the two wrote a book together, the 2010 “On Heaven and Earth”); that fact was hailed by Jewish leaders when he was tapped for pope as a sign that the Jewish-Catholic relationship would continue on solid ground.

Pope Francis: Reframing the notion of papal infallibility. Getty Images

Opening Wartime Archives?

Argentine rabbi who co-authored book with Francis I says new leader will ‘search for the truth.'

03/14/2013
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The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II.

Pope Francis I is seen as favorable to airing the truth about the Vatican and the Holocaust.

After Five Years, Italy's First Holocaust Museum Is Years Away

Rome's mayor says it's important to open the museum while survivors still live, and expects final approval on funds by the end of January.

01/22/2013

If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence.

Italian fascists salute the tomb of Benito Mussolini, whose residence will house Italy's first Holocaust Museum. Getty Images
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