Developments in Jewish/Christian Relations

10 Lessons from Pope Francis' Pilgrimage

10  Lessons from Pope Francis' Pilgrimage ALON GOSHEN-GOTTSTEIN May 30, 2014 A lot was learned over the past week. Following are my choice lessons: 1. The Pope is ultimately a man of prayer. This might seem obvious, yet it is far from obvious. As head of state and as visitor to a politically charged part of the world, a lot of politics forced itself into what was essentially a pilgrimage of prayer. It is therefore not surprising that the highlights of the trip were the moments of prayer. That is where we got the best of Francis. Without a doubt, the prayer at the Holy Sepulchre, the goal and purpose of this visit, was the crowning moment of the visit and its most inspiring moment...
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The Point of the Pope's Visit to Israel

What Was the Most Successful Part for Israel By David Rosen Published May 29, 2014. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have all hailed Pope Francis's whirlwind pilgrimage as a success -- and indeed, the very fact that it went as smoothly as it did was no small achievement for all involved. Pope Francis's global superstar status guaranteed media focus on local voices and images wherever he went. For the State of Israel, the happy paradox is that a Papal visit is no longer a historic breakthrough. For most of the 20th century, the Vatican bitterly opposed the Zionist idea of Jewish sovereignty in its ancestral homeland. Now, not only has it enjoyed full diplomatic rela...
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Pope Francis in Holy Land 14: Meeting with Chief Rabbis

*Pope Francis in Holy Land 14: Meeting with Chief Rabbis* Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 6:10 pm Pope Francis on Monday told the two Chief Rabbis of Israel that Christians and Jews together "can make a great contribution to the cause of peace and firmly oppose every form of anti-Semitism and all other forms of discrimination". During his meeting with leaders of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel which consists of two Chief Rabbis - the Ashkenazi rabbi, David Lau, and the Sephardi rabbi, Shlomo Amar - the Pope reflected on the significance of the Jewish roots the Christian faith and on the spiritual bonds that unite Jews and Christians, and he called for a common committment t...
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When nuns helped rescue Jewish children

by Debra Rubin NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex May 20, 2014 When the Catholic Church and much of Belgium's population became bystanders as Jews were deported during the Holocaust, Jewish members of the underground and Belgian nuns conspired to save Jewish children by hiding them in convents. Theirs is not just a story of rescue by righteous gentiles, but an example of "Jews saving Jews," said Suzanne Vromen, author of Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis. "In order for the children to be hidden in the convents, someone had to get them there," Vromen said, addressing a crowd of 500 gathered May 4 at Monroe Townshi...
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The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed.  Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell:  the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel being shod.     And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs – Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods ...
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