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Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI united for world peace and mankind coexistence, Rabat, Morocco, March 2019

Pope Francis and Part Two of the Abraham Accords

Our father, Abraham, has had a lot on his plate lately—always for the good of humanity, as is his habit. “Lech lecha,” the Creator commanded him, “go from your land and from your birthplace...
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin with Pope Francis on Nov. 15, 2018. Credit: Koby Gideon/GPO.

Pope Francis sends message to Israeli president, people during flyover

Pope Francis on Friday sent a message to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and the Israeli people during his flyover of the country en route from Rome to Iraq. “To His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, president of...
Pope Francis arrives to pray in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, on May 26, 2014. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90

The Vatican opens its wartime archive

One of the most persistent and controversial debates about the history of World War II concerns the role of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, and specifically, the actions of Pope Pius XII. In...
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Papal infallibility? Not when it comes to the Middle East

The words of the prophet Isaiah that Pope Francis cited on Sunday during his speech in the Italian port city of Bari are especially beautiful to those who read them from Jerusalem, because here...
Pope Francis with the Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation in the Vatican on Jan. 20, 2020, on the 78th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference in 1942 that sealed the fate of European Jewry, and on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Credit: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Pope decries ‘resurgent, barbaric’ anti-Semitism on eve of Auschwitz memorial

During a private audience on Monday of 54 international leadership delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the 78th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference in 1942 that sealed the fate of European Jewry,...
Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg at the presentation of a signed declaration to Pope Francis. Credit: Chief Rabbinate Spokesperson Kobi Alter.

Heads of three Abrahamic faiths sign historic document against ‘mercy killing’

The heads of major monotheistic faiths signed a historic document at Vatican City in Rome on Monday that calls on doctors around the world not to assist in killing people, even if they are...
Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the American Jewish Committee in the Vatican on March 8, 2019. Credit: American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris via Twitter.

Pope Francis meets with American Jewish Committee delegation in the Vatican

Pope Francis met with a delegation of 35 leaders from the American Jewish Committee on Friday in the Vatican, where he denounced anti-Semitism. “Your commitment to Jewish-Christian dialogue goes back to Nostra Aetate, a milestone...
Pope Francis I. Credit: Tânia Rêgo/ABr via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis announces Vatican will open Holocaust-era archives

Pope Francis announced on Monday that the Vatican archive surrounding the Holocaust when Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized for doing little to save Jews and for being silent during the atrocities, led the Catholic...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican on Sept. 3, 2015. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO.

Israeli president slams Hamas in Vatican meeting with Pope Francis

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned Hamas on an official visit to the Vatican and Rome on Thursday. In a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, Rivlin said, “Hamas has repeatedly led to...
Pope Francis. Credit: Alfredo Borba via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis: ‘A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite’

Pope Francis told a Jewish delegation on Monday that “a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite.” His remark comes as Jews worldwide are still reeling from the deadliest attack in American Jewish history, when 11 Jewish  men and...