SSPX disrupts interfaith service at Buenos Aires cathedral

From the AP:  Ultra-traditionalist Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, a ceremony that he and Jewish leaders led in the Metropolitan Cathedral each year to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust. The annual ceremony brings together Catholics, Jews and Protestants to mark [Read More…]

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Must-see video: “My parents brainwashed me”

And he’s eternally grateful. Check out this sensational performance from a Bronx Poetry Slam held earlier this year. This kid gets it. And so do his parents. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis: “The problem of intolerance must be faced in its entirety”

From VIS:  This morning Pope Francis received a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish organisation for the defence of human rights, and praised its work in fighting “every form of racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism, preserving the memory of the Shoah and promoting mutual understanding through education and social action”. The encounter with [Read More…]

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“In some ways, Francis is the most ‘Jewish’ Pope we have ever encountered”

Some fascinating Jewish analysis of Pope Francis, via The Jewish Daily Forward:  It is not as if the Pope is changing Roman Catholic doctrine on such matters. It simply means that the Church is going to attempt to re-calibrate itself, and to find a sense of balance, moving away from positions that have only succeeded [Read More…]

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Poll: rise in American Jews who are not religious, marrying outside the faith

They’re sounding a lot like some American Catholics, actually. From the New York Times:  The first major survey of American Jews in more than 10 years finds a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish — resulting in rapid assimilation that is sweeping [Read More…]

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Deacon and wife to be honored by ADL

Here’s a nice piece of deacon news out of Connecticut: The Anti-Defamation League will honor Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller and two others at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in West Hartford. Deacon Miller is director of the archdiocesan Office [Read More…]

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“Look to media as an apostolic opportunity…”

Some solid advice and a little bit of wisdom, via Catholic News Agency:  Catholics should see the secular media as an opportunity to evangelize and more effectively reach “people who need heroes and need the Gospel,” said the head of a Catholic communications organization. “Look to media as an apostolic opportunity. Call reporters, be their friends. [Read More…]

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Holocaust Memorial Draws Criticism for Using Star of David

And no, that’s not another headline from The Onion.  People are seriously objecting to the use of a religious symbol in the memorial. Details:  Plans for a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio Statehouse have stirred a debate over the separation of church and state that may lead to a lawsuit because a focal point of [Read More…]

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Incredible: Original Schindler’s List Up for Auction on eBay

Details:  An original copy of Schindler’s list — not the movie, but the actual list of Jewish refugees that German businessman Oskar Schindler is credited with saving from the Nazis — will be available on eBay Friday evening, the New York Post reports. The document, which is 14 pages long and contains the names of the [Read More…]

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Rabbis Serve Jewish Patients at Catholic Hospice in Florida

Details:  In a quiet area on the 5th floor of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and at St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Hialeah Gardens, rabbis minister to dying Jewish patients. Rabbis from Catholic Hospice have been serving patients in the L’chaim Jewish Hospice program for 10 years. “We recognized a need because of the large Jewish population [Read More…]

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