Christianity

Orkney student killed in Jerusalem bomb named

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The British woman who died following Wednesday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem had been in Israel just a few months.

Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year old woman from Orkney in Scotland, was studying at Hebrew University when she boarded the 74 bus.

An evangelical Christian, she was in Israel for a six month period to improve her language skills for her work translating the Bible for a Togo tribe.

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Tribute to the Irish Scarlet Pimpernel

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An Irish priest known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican has been commemorated in a play about his mission to save 6,500 prisoners of war and Jews during the Second World War.

Hugh O'Flaherty hid Jewish families in safe houses, convents and other religious houses around Rome during the war.

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Tweet your way from Passover to Easter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Posting messages on Twitter throughout the meal might not make for the most relaxing family Seder, but a new scheme wants users of the social networking site to Tweet the Easter story staring with Pesach in Jerusalem.

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Praise from Israel after Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Israel has “welcomed wholeheratedly” the Pope’s announcement exonerating Jews for the death of Jesus.

A spokesman for Israel’s embassy to the Vatican said it was “confirmation of Pope Benedict XVI’s known positive stance towards the Jewish people and the state of Israel.”

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Netanyahu to Chilean miners: welcome, come back for the barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the Chilean miners for their “strength and faith” during their time trapped below the desert as they came to the end of a week - long trip around Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister also invited the South Americans back in 13 years' time to mark the “barmitzvah” of one of the miners’ sons, who earlier this week was baptised in the Jordan River.

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York archbishop Dr John Sentamu: I bake challot

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

Jewish-Christian relations were on the agenda at a private dinner attended by Manchester rabbis and the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday.

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Pope insists Gospels are not antisemitic

By Simon Rocker, March 3, 2011

A new book by Pope Benedict XVI will make clear that the Gospels cannot be used to justify antisemitism or the Jews blamed collectively for the death of Jesus.

According to the Catholic Truth Society, which publishes Jesus of Nazareth- Holy Week next week, it will also explain why Catholics should not attempt the conversion of Jews.

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On this day: The Passion of the Christ opens

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

At first description – religious story, told in Aramaic and Latin, more than two-hours long - The Passion of the Christ doesn’t sound too appealing.

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Chilean miners arrive in Israel with wives and girlfriends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

The Chilean miners have landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Four months after they were rescued from a collapsed mine in the Atacama Desert, 31 of the 33 men , and their partners, have arrived for a tour of Israel.

The visit, organised by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov just days after the men were saved, has been labelled “the pilgrimage of thanks in the Holy Land”.

Mr Misezhnikov said he offered them the free holiday in tribute to their “bravery and strength of spirit”.

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Rise in fortunes for Christian-Jewish ties

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Council of Christians and Jews' chief executive David Gifford is encouraged by a five per cent growth in membership over the past two years.

"We have been pushing local branches to look at increasing their members," he said. "People are being more pro-active than they have been in the past."

CCJ recently held a national meeting for branch representatives for the first time in four years at which plans were discussed for its 70th anniversary in 2012.

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