Christianity

Praise for Jews at Pope Benedict's birthday bash

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has paid tribute to the influence of the Bavarian Jewish community at a celebration marking his 85th birthday.

The pope was joined by his brother as well as political and religious leaders at Monday's event, which also marked his seventh year at the Vatican.

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Australian Catholic cardinal attacks 'little Jewish people'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

One of the most high profile figures in the Australian Catholic church has publicly labelled the Jewish population as intellectually limited.

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Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 3, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

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Santorum paid to speak to Messianic Jews group

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, spoke at a Messianic Jews convention in 2010, it emerged this week.

Mr Santorum, who remains the main obstacle to Mitt Romney's chances of the party's nomination, is known for his conservative views on issues such as abortion, homosexuality and birth control, inspired by his devout Catholicism.

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Interfaith, 70 years on...

By Maurice Ostro, March 16, 2012

Seventy years ago this week, the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) was formally established. Against the horrendous backdrop of the Shoah, on March 20 1942, Chief Rabbi Hertz and Archbishop William Temple met in a spirit of solidarity and friendship. It was at this landmark meeting that the decision to form the CCJ was taken.

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Archbishop of Canterbury to step down before Lord Sacks

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

The chief rabbi has honoured the career of his "true friend" the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the news that he is to step down before the end of the year.

Dr Rowan Williams will leave office in December to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, meaning that he will retire eight months before Lord Sacks steps down.

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Evangelicals against Israel: a grave trend

By Nathan Jeffay, March 15, 2012

Its provocative name was matched by the provocative logo of a church behind barbed wire, next to Israel's security barrier. Last week, some 600 Christian clerics, activists and academics gathered in Bethlehem for the Christ at the Checkpoint conference.

They discussed why, in their view, Christians who support Zionism have got it wrong.

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Rabbis condemn attacks on Israel's Christian sites

By Jessica Elgot, February 29, 2012

Leading rabbis have condemned the recent attacks on Christian sites in Jerusalem, calling the graffiti “un-Jewish and something that pains us all.”

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Catford says it with photos to departing minister

February 23, 2012

Political, civic and church representatives attended a farewell tea party for Rev Ze'ev and Yaffa Amit at Catford and Bromley Synagogue.

Many tributes were paid to the minister, who is moving to Israel.

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Ask why people are antisemitic, says leading Catholic writer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Piers Paul Read, the writer of a new book about the 1894 Dreyfus Affair, was criticised this week after saying that the French soldier's treatment could be linked to Jews being a "very powerful influence in finance, in business", and that Jews should ask why people were antisemitic.

English literature Professor Jacqueline Rose, author of Proust among the Nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East

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