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A reporter from an Israeli news outlet at a press conference hosted by the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue. The Center presented its report called “Attacks on Christians in Israel and East Jerusalem” on June 4, 2024, at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Interreligous group releases report highlighting harassment of Christians in Holy Land

Jun 11, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

According to the report, there were 90 known attacks in 2023, a notable increase in cases of spitting, physical, and... Read more

Father Nikodemus Schnabel, abbot of the Benedictine Basilica of the Dormition in Jerusalem, speaks during an ecumenical prayer service that took place at the Cenacle on Jan. 25, 2024.

Attack on priest in Jerusalem brings intolerance of Christians back into focus

Feb 8, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Harassment of Christians in the Holy Land is not new. “Education is key,” says an expert on Jewish-Christian relations. Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Raphael Schutz meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 2, 2024.

In letter to ‘Jewish brothers and sisters’ Pope Francis laments ‘terrible increase’ in attacks against Jews

Feb 3, 2024

By Ken Oliver-Méndez, ACI Stampa

Pope Francis lamented the “terrible increase in attacks against Jews around the world” that has taken place since the outbreak... Read more

Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2023.

World Jewish Congress leader asks pope to use ‘moral authority’ to help Israeli hostages

Oct 19, 2023

By Daniel Payne

In his meeting with the pope, Ronald Lauder urged the pontiff “to use your power, to use your strength, to... Read more


Leading Catholics and rabbis agree: Help terminally ill, reject assisted suicide

May 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The joint statement said the presentation reaffirmed “the dignity of every human being.”   Read more

Participants prepare food for “10,000 Christmases in one,” a joint initiative between the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor on Dec. 25. The 2022 event, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year, will bring food from 40 parishes and a shelter to those most in need in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Catholic Church, Jewish community to bring 40,000 Christmas dinners to Mexicans in need

Dec 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has joined the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor this Dec. 25... Read more

People participate in a Jewish solidarity march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 5, 2020, in New York City.

U.S. bishops express outrage at increase in antisemitic attacks

Nov 29, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops called on Christians to join them in opposing acts of antisemitism, both online and in person, and in... Read more

Pope Francis meeting with a delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Jewish leaders as they launch initiative to strengthen Catholic-Jewish bonds

Nov 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“This visit testifies to and strengthens the bonds of friendship uniting us,” the pope told members of the World Jewish... Read more

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 19, 2022.

Pope Francis welcomes opening of Jewish-Catholic center at Polish university

Oct 21, 2022

By Justyna Galant

Pope Francis has welcomed the establishment of a Center for Catholic-Jewish Relations in Poland and called for a deepening appreciation... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a homily from a wheelchair on June 5, 2022. 2

Pope Francis misses meeting with Jewish delegation due to knee pain

Jun 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis missed a meeting with a Jewish delegation on Thursday morning after experiencing a flare-up of knee pain, according... Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from B’nai B’rith International at the Vatican, May 30, 2022.

Pope Francis: Remembrance is the antidote to ‘escalation of evil’

May 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking to members of the Jewish service organization B’nai B’rith International. Read more

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, pictured in 2015.

Pope Francis’ friend Rabbi Skorka helps Polish Catholics mark Day of Judaism

Jan 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Day of Judaism was established by the Polish bishops in 1997. Read more

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