Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Praise as Pope John Paul beatified at Vatican

    Jewish groups have paid tribute to Pope John Paul II following his beatification on Sunday.

    The Pope, who died in 2005 after 26 years at the Vatican, was celebrated during his lifetime for his efforts to strengthen the links between Jews and Catholics.

    Born in Poland in 1920, John Paul witnessed firsthand the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. As Pope he became the first in the role to visit a synagogue, prayed at Auschwitz on a Holocaust memorial trip and on a number of occasions met Holocaust survivors.

    A strong spokesman against antisemitism, he visited Israel in 2005 and said prayers at the Western Wall.

    The ceremony is the final stage before the Pope can be made a saint.
    Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome, said: "We of all faiths [should] continue to learn from him."

    Elan Steinberg, vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said: "He had a personal connection to Jewish survivors and was himself a living witness and victim of Nazi brutality in his native Poland.

    "As a champion of Catholic-Jewish reconciliation, John Paul made special efforts to emphasise the moral significance of the Holocaust and express his identification and empathy with its victims."

    Mr Steinberg also called on the Catholic Church to halt the planned canonisation of the wartime pope Pius XII, whose Holocaust record has been the subject of debate for decades.

World

It's Chanucah Song time!

Michael Moran

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Chanucah Song time!
World

Trump picks ex-Goldman Sachs banker as Treasury...

JC Reporter

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Trump picks ex-Goldman Sachs banker as Treasury...
World

Theresa May agrees to look into case of British...

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Theresa May agrees to look into case of British...
World

Will the Austrian election make Norbert Hofer E...

Sonia Zhuravlyova

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Will the Austrian election make Norbert Hofer E...
World

'Neo-Nazi codes' appear in German supermarket a...

Toby Axelrod

Thursday, December 1, 2016

'Neo-Nazi codes' appear in German supermarket a...
World

"This is probably the last election for me" Hol...

Michael Moran

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"This is probably the last election for me" Hol...
World

Australian abuse report

Henry Benjamin

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Australian abuse report
World

Fire-ravaged Israelis ‘may no longer be married...

Michael Moran

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fire-ravaged Israelis ‘may no longer be married...
World

Tatiana Navka, wife of Putin’s press secretary,...

Michael Moran

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tatiana Navka, wife of Putin’s press secretary,...