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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.

Under olive tree planted as sign of peace, pope begs God to help Holy...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sitting in the Vatican Gardens with the dome of St. Peter's Basilica as a backdrop, Pope Francis told cardinals and diplomats, including the ambassadors of Israel and Palestine, "Every day I pray that this war will finally end." With a representative of Rome's Jewish community and a representative of the city's Muslim community in attendance June 7, the pope repeated his call for a cease-fire, his appeal to Hamas to release all the hostages it kidnapped Oct. 7 and his plea that Israel protect civilians in Gaza and allow humanitarian aid to reach them.

‘The future is in your hands,’ pope tells Congolese young people

The hands that will save Congo and build a future worthy of its people belong to the Congolese people, to each one of them, but especially the young, Pope Francis said.

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.