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Pro Judaeis

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The Italian Rabbinate has declined to participate in the Italian Catholic Church’s annual Day of Judaism, held every January 17 since 1990 to further Catholic—Jewish dialogue, in protest against the prayer ” Pro Judaeis ” for the conversion of the Jews, included in the newly . . . . Continue Reading »

The Mustard Seed in Palestine

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Masab Youssef, the 30-year-old son of a top Hamas operative in the West Bank, spoke to Ha’aretz today about his conversion to Christianity, his respect for Israel, and his conviction that political organizations guided by Islam never will make peace with the Jewish State. Masab’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Catholic Destiny in China

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La Stampa’s Asia editor Francesco Sisci offers a contrarian vision of a ” Catholic ‘Destiny’ in China ” on the newspaper’s blog today, predicting an early rapprochement between the Vatican and the Chinese government. China already has 130 million Christians, . . . . Continue Reading »

Zionism for Christians

From the June/July 2008 Print Edition

Israel always matters . Biblical scholars have devoted endless pages to ancient Israel as a religious idea, and pundits have penned endless newspaper columns about modern Israel as a geopolitical entity. The deeper implications, however, have received less attention than they deserve in recent . . . . Continue Reading »

Italian Jesuit Attacks Magdi Allam

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The current issue of the Jesuits’ international monthly Popoli features a blistering attack on Magdi Cristiano Allam and the circumstances of his conversion. The author is the prominent Italian Jesuit Fr. Paolo dall’Oglio, of the Deir Mar Musa monastery in Syria, who warns that Muslims . . . . Continue Reading »

Praying for the Jews

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A recent report in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz quotes Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone to the effect that the Church might remove a prayer for the conversion of the Jews from the newly revived Latin liturgy for Easter. Many Jewish religious authorities rankle at the prayer, which caused some static . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope’s Too-Subtle Message to Iran

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Iranian media have hailed the April 30 meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Iranian clergy as a propaganda victory for the Islamic Republic. The meeting was the sixth in a regular series of encounters between Iranian clergy and the Holy See. The Iranian news agency carried the following item . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama’s Theology Problem

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Kelefa Sanneh, long the New York Times ’ hip-hop correspondent, now shifts his attention to theology in a New Yorker profile of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama’s pastor. Wright’s public avowal of the “black liberation theology” of James Cone raised eyebrows . . . . Continue Reading »