Pope's silent prayers as he visits Nazi death camp

By Daniel Sugarman, July 29, 2016

Pope Francis visited Auschwitz today during his five-day trip to Poland.

The Pontiff entered alone through the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate of the camp.

He prayed silently at several locations within the complex, and met former inmates as well as people designated “righteous amongst the nations” for sheltering Jews during the Holocaust.


Pope Francis's trip to Auschwitz brings both praise and criticism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 28, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz on Friday, as part of a five-day official trip to Poland.

Earlier this month Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, hailed Pope Francis’s decision to visit Auschwitz as setting “an example for humanity.” However, the visit has already been the cause of some controversy.


Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss 'profound challenge' of migrant crisis at Vatican meeting

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis discussed the refugee crisis with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican today.

Rabbi Mirvis told the head of the Catholic Church: “"The image that has been seen across the world in the last 24 hours of a young child, washed up on a Turkish beach, demonstrates how urgent and profound our challenges are. We are partners in confronting them."


European rabbis in first meeting with Pope Francis

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has spoken of his concern over the "troubling" rise of antisemitism in Europe and said Holocaust commemorations should serve as a warning for future generations.

In his first meeting with the Conference of European Rabbis, the Pontiff said Christians around the world must show solidarity with Jews.


Pope's Islam message

December 4, 2014

Pope Francis has called for Muslim leaders around the world to speak out against terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

In a press conference on board a flight back to Rome from Turkey, the Pope said that such a move would help dispel the stereotype of Islam as a violent faith.

The pontiff denounced people who say that "all Muslims are terrorists".


Historic advance in Jewish-Catholic relations, but the world will recall just one photograph

By Nathan Jeffay, May 29, 2014


Rarely has a single event shown just how far Jewish-Catholic relations have advanced in recent decades. Pope Francis’s 27-hour visit to Israel this week came five decades after the first papal visit to the Jewish state. And it is difficult to imagine a more different trip.


Israel’s hopes for the Pope

By Nathan Jeffay, May 22, 2014

Pope Francis will arrive in Jerusalem on Sunday evening for a 27-hour visit and all that Israel will be hoping for is an uneventful trip.

Israel will welcome declarations on the importance of the Holy Land and general statements on the church’s yearning for peace. But it is concerned that the Pope may delve into the politics of the failed peace process.


Pope Francis to fly El Al on journey home from Israel

By Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis will fly with Israeli national carrier El Al when he returns home from his visit to Israel next month.

El Al will assign a special crew and mark the plane with the official Vatican seal for the Boeing 777 flight.


Pope’s two-day visit to Israel is ‘chiefly religious’

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Pope Francis’s two-day visit to the Holy Land is expected to go ahead, despite the strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

According to a source involved in planning the visit in May, the pope will land first in Jordan, travel to Bethlehem in the Palestinian territories and then spend a day in Jerusalem.


Pope ‘to open archives on Pius XII’

By Isabel de bertodano, January 23, 2014

One of Argentina’s most senior rabbis has confirmed that Pope Francis is likely to open to the public Vatican archives concerning the action of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who is rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, has been a close friend of the Pope for many years and stayed with him in the Vatican in September.