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Pope encourages joint community service by rabbis, parish priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The fruitful friendship and dialogue between Jews and Christians must go beyond the world of experts and academia, Pope Francis said. “It would...

Pope, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis.

Rabbi says his friend, the pope, will face challenges in Holy Land

A rabbi who has known Pope Francis for almost 20 years and counts him as a close personal friend said the pope's May trip to the Holy Land will be a challenging balancing act because of the high expectations of Israelis and Palestinians and of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Holiness does not come from following rigid rules, pope says

Redemption is the work of God, not of human beings, so be careful and do not listen to "fundamentalists" who claim holiness comes through following certain laws, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis calls for embrace of displaced people of Central America

Pope Francis said the COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that "human beings are like dust, but valuable dust in God's eyes," and it's important to keep that in mind when dealing with those fleeing from various crises in Central America.

Pope, Christian leaders around the globe join in prayer for pandemic’s end

We turn to the Lord several times a day, "but at this moment we want to implore mercy for all of humanity so harshly tried by the coronavirus pandemic."

Remembering Holocaust is ‘a duty,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said remembering the millions of men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust is a call for the world today to reflect and commit to not repeating the atrocities of the past.

Retired pope corrects ‘false insinuation’ by German theologian

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter correcting a German theologian who implied that the former pontiff encouraged the evangelization of the Jewish people as a mission.

Anti-Semitism must be banned from society, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sharing the same roots as their Jewish brothers and sisters, Christians cannot be anti-Semitic and must work to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from society, Pope Francis said.

Pope at 9/11 Memorial: Violence is never impersonal, always brings tears

Honoring both the pain and the strength of the families of those who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and drawing on the pools of water that are part of the site’s memorial, Pope Francis spoke about tears and quenching the world’s longing for peace.