The late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be made saints on Sunday, did so much to end two millennia of Catholic anti-Semitism that a Jewish human rights group calls them “heroes to the Jewish people”.
As Pope John Paul II approaches sainthood, it’s time to take a second look at his legacy. Was the beloved pontiff’s record on relations with Jews as perfect as it is often portrayed?
Pope John Paul II, the globe-trotting pontiff who led the Catholic Church for nearly 27 years, and Pope John XXIII, who called the reforming Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints, the Vatican said on Friday.
A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.
Once a year a small 150 person village called Casabindo high up in the Argentine Andes hosts a bullfight unlike any other. Every year in celebration of the Patron Saint’s Day of Our Lady of the Ascension, a competition is held to try and snatch a ribbon with silver coins off a bull’s horns. Unlike Spanish bullfighting this sport is considered bloodless, at least for the bull, because no weapons are used. One Canadian tourist who was attending felt that the villagers should be able to preserve their culture because the treatment of the bulls is humane. Canadian tourist “To me, it represents a pastime for a lot of people from this zone, and I think their custom should be preserved, and people should keep on fighting the bulls this way, it’s humane and everyone seems to enjoy it.” The custom was started 520 years ago when the first wave of Spanish colonialists came to Casabindo and tried to force the aboriginals to give up their religion. Taking the ribbon back represents the people regaining control over their rights. The competition has no pay off, and those who manage to secure the red ribbons from the bulls horns customarily offer them to the Virgin Mary. This year, 23 bullfighters took part in the competition.
As part of the April Staff Days of Service, Rams Staff partnered with Frito Lay to volunteer at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which serves 4000 families of all faith backgrounds each month.
World War II-era Pope Pius XII is not just controversial among Jews. He is a divisive figure within a Catholic Church riven by splits between traditionalists and reformers.