Jewish childhood friend of John Paul II dies

Details: Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family to Nazi death camps, has died in a Rome clinic, his widow said Monday. He was 90. Irene Kluger told The Associated Press that her husband died [Read More…]

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Here’s a first: a New Testament annotated from a Jewish point of view

It’s a view we don’t consider very often, but a new, ground-breaking book offers some intriguing food for thought: The New Testament is constantly being re-interpreted from a variety of perspectives. From feminists, to socialists, to traditionalists; there’s even a version as seen through the prism of Star Wars. Well now, you can add to [Read More…]

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The Christian connection to Hanukkah

Tony Spence over at the CNS blog draws our attention to this intriguing piece in the Wall Street Journal, which finds Christian parallels to the Jewish celebration that begins tonight: The Christian parallels lie…with Good Friday and the story of Jesus’s acceptance of his suffering and sacrificial death. In both the Jewish and the Christian [Read More…]

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A Polish Catholic woman discovers her Jewish identity

It’s a journey more and more Holocaust survivors are undertaking: As Nazi troops imposed their terror on Warsaw, an 18-year-old Polish girl slipped into a Warsaw church with an elderly rabbi to teach him how to dip his hand in holy water and cross himself. The rabbi, his newly shaven beard leaving his cheeks white, [Read More…]

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Indian Catholics express solidarity with “untouchables”

Here’s an issue we in the West don’t hear about very much. Details: Parishes in India celebrated Dalit Liberation Sunday last weekend, with Christians renewing their commitment to those of Dalit origin who still suffer from the traditional practice of untouchability. The annual day is marked on the nearest Sunday to International Human Rights Day, [Read More…]

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An act of Providence: Catholics share chapel with Baptists

See how these Christians in Rhode Island love one another: Twenty years ago, a Catholic diocese would have never made room for the First Baptist Church congregation in a place where Catholics came to worship, says the Rev. Dorian Parker. But one generous gesture on behalf of the Diocese of Providence has allowed the 30-or-so members [Read More…]

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Torn: Catholic priest learns he’s a Jewish Holocaust survivor

That’s the compelling premise behind a new documentary shown recently in a New York film festival. Details: Imagine you are a Catholic priest in your 30s. Suddenly, at your mother’s deathbed, your world is turned completely upside-down. This was Polish Father Romuald Waszkinel experience when he learned that his real name is Yaacov (Jacob) Weksler [Read More…]

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Update: Muslim CUA students slam Banzhaf

The Catholic University students are not pleased with the complaint filed by a lawyer, alleging discrimination, and made it clear in the student newspaper that they don’t support him: University Muslim students have announced their opposition to the recent lawsuit against the University proposed by George Washington University professor John F. Banzhaf, who claims that [Read More…]

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Report: ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergy in Jerusalem

Details, from a Jewish paper in Israel: Ultra-Orthodox young men curse and spit at Christian clergymen in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City as a matter of routine. In most cases the clergymen ignore the attacks, but sometimes they strike back. Last week the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court quashed the indictment against an Armenian priesthood student [Read More…]

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Taking the A train … to Assisi

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Benedict XVI hopping a train with other religious leaders to attend today’s “pilgrimage” in Assisi. You can read the text of his remarks here. And the AP has details, too. [Read more…]

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