Jewish leaders met with Pope Francis in Rome on the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, the declaration promulgated by Pope Paul VI that led to improved relations between Jews and Catholics.
The arrival of Pope Francis in America and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s landmark declaration, Nostra Aetate, have allowed us, as Jews, to marvel at the revolutionary developments in our relations with the Catholic Church in the past half-century.
Catholic mom Cindy Skrzycki has a message for Pope Francis: She wants him to reform the Church’s policy on female ordination — by taking a lesson from her rabbi daughter.
The Catholic Church’s teaching about Jews often had tragic consequences for Jewish communities. But that all changed fifty years ago — and, as Pope Francis approaches, David Fox Sandmel reminds us why.
He may keep a rosary in his desk, but Jessica Levy’s husband is also taking time off work to attend Rosh Hashanah services. Here’s how the two religious identities happily coexist.
A Vatican group is asking Israel’s attorney general to indict the head of a far-right Jewish group who recently expressed approval for destroying churches in Israel.
When Anna Katsnelson, a Soviet refugee, came to the States with her Jewish family in 1989, her immigrant parents heard wild tales about unhygienic yeshivas and public schools rife with sex, drugs and HIV. The solution? Send the girl to Catholic school instead.
A lengthy Catholic document, published in Latin after extensive theological debate, didn’t seem likely to overcome centuries of animosity with Jews. But despite some bumps in the road, Vatican II still looks like a game-changer — even 50 years later.
A half-century ago this year, the Catholic Church issued a landmark document that decried anti-Semitism and asserted that Jews could not be blamed for killing Jesus. The effect: Long-fraught relations between Catholics and Jews were dramatically improved.
Judith Hannan fretted that her husband’s Irish culture might take over the hearts of their children. The twins found room for both when it came to their bar and bat mitzvahs.