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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

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Pope lauds fruitful dialogue between Jews, Catholics

Feb 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible, Pope says

Oct 12, 2013

Meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the tragedies of the past and called... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 5, 2013.

Fight against secularism unites Jews, Catholics, Pope says

Jun 24, 2013

Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope... Read more


Rabbi calls friend's election to papacy good for dialogue

Jun 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Rabbi Abraham Skorka believes that Pope Francis’ election offers a chance for Christian-Jewish relationships to grow, especially as the world... Read more


Pope sends Passover greeting, asks for prayers

Mar 26, 2013

In keeping with tradition, Pope Francis sent a message to the Jewish community in Rome, wishing them a good Passover... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith speaks during a hearing on anti-Semitism before a House panel on Feb. 27, 2013 (File Photo/CNA).

Congressional hearing highlights growing threat of anti-Semitism

Mar 2, 2013

Witnesses at a recent hearing in Washington, D.C., warned that a resurrected anti-Semitism is sweeping the globe and could lead... Read more

The entrance to the Yad Vashem memorial.

Yad Vashem honors Italian cardinal who rescued Jews

Nov 28, 2012

Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as... Read more


Pope greets Rome's rabbi ahead of holy days

Sep 20, 2012

In celebration of three upcoming Jewish holy days, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of prayer and friendship to Riccardo... Read more