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Cardinal Eugene Tisserant, who was dean of the College of Cardinals from 1951 to 1972, and has been named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem: Vatican librarian Cardinal Tisserant made heroic efforts to save Jews

Oct 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant was a librarian who knew more than 10 languages, advised multiple popes, and held key Vatican positions. Read more

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Jewish community in Rybné Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s Jewish community: ‘Your sufferings are our sufferings’

Sep 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He recalled the community’s suffering during the Holocaust. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal reassures Jewish leaders over Pope Francis’ comments on Torah

Sep 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Rabbis expressed concern at the pope’s general audience on the Mosaic Law. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, Italy on July 2, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin highlights recently found 1916 Vatican letter condemning anti-Semitism

Nov 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State said Thursday that “a living and faithful common memory” is an indispensable tool to fight anti-Semitism.  Read more

Rabbi Jonathan Lord Sacks speaks after receiving the Templeton Prize May 26, 2016.

English archbishop: Lord Sacks advanced Catholic-Jewish relations in harmony with popes

Nov 10, 2020

An English Catholic archbishop said Tuesday that the late Rabbi Jonathan Lord Sacks helped to advance Catholic-Jewish relations in harmony... Read more

Pope Francis during a visit in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz - Birkenau, July 2016.

What do Jews and Christians have in common? Love of neighbor, Pope Francis says

May 9, 2019

The love of neighbor is a common commitment among Christians and Jews, Pope Francis said Tuesday, to teachers and students... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the World Congress of Mountain Jews on Nov. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: 'A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite'

Nov 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis strongly condemned anti-Semitism, recalling the living memory of the Holocaust in Europe, during a meeting with rabbis at... Read more

Police line. Caution tape.

After synagogue shooting, Bishop Zubik pleads for prayer, end to anti-Jewish bigotry

Oct 27, 2018

“May God free us from fear and hatred, and sow peace in our lives, our communities, and in the world,”... Read more

Pope Francis receives a new annotated edition of the Torah at the Vatican Feb. 23, 2017.

Pope Francis: the Torah is a manifestation of God’s love for man

Feb 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis welcomed longtime friend and Rabbi Abraham Skorka to the Vatican for the presentation of a new... Read more

Vatican, Jewish museum launch first joint-exhibit on the Menorah

Feb 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican and the Jewish community in Rome are marking a new step in relations between the two religions by... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Jewish leaders at Rome's Major Synagogue on January 17, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

Concert marks one year after Pope's historic synagogue visit

Jan 20, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

One year after Pope Francis visited the Great Synagogue in Rome, the Hebrew Choir of Rome “Ha-Kol,” and the Choir... Read more

The Great Synagogue in Rome, Italy.

'How good it is for brothers to be together' – a papal history in synagogues

Jan 15, 2016

On Sunday Pope Francis will become the third pontiff to cross the threshold of the Major Temple in Rome, the... Read more

In interfaith move, Pope Francis will visit Rome’s synagogue in January

Nov 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will soon become the third-ever Roman Pontiff to visit the Great Synagogue in... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015.

Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis paid an unscheduled visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this afternoon to bless a statue celebrating improved... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014

Pope Francis most open Pope to Jews in history, rabbi says

May 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

A Jewish Rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that... Read more

A view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

May 26, 2014

Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim... Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Dr. Zion Evrony speaks with CNA on May 20, 2014

Ambassador: diversity of papal delegation speaks of dialogue

May 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi... Read more

Bl. Pope John XXIII's tomb under the altar of St. Jerome

Israeli parliament lauds John XXIII as example of unity

May 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on April 16, 2014

Pope's trip to Holy Land a historic milestone, ambassador says

May 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a press briefing on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the March for Life in Washington, DC.

Archbishop Chaput extends Passover greeting to Jewish community

Apr 14, 2014

Ahead of the Jewish observance of Passover, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has written to Philadelphia’s Jewish community to extend “the... Read more