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“The Roots of Jews and Christians are the Same, Our Future lies in recognizing this”

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.04.2019

A personal interview with Dr. Etienne Vetö, the priest who directs the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies. … [more]

Opening the Vatican Archives: Will It Matter?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2019

There will be no dramatic revelations about the Pope's Holocaust record -- and it's time for Jews to abandon that quest. … [more]

Behind the Scenes: Vatican Meetings on the Theology of Jewish-Christian Relations

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.02.2019

It has often been noted by those engaged in the Catholic-Jewish dialogue that the most precious outcome of the conciliation process begun after the promulgation in 1965 of the Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, 4 has been the enduring personal friendships between members and representatives of the two faiths and the consequent increase in mutual understanding and breakdown of historically determined preconceptions. In other words, the building of mutual trust and familiarity with the other’s beliefs and traditions, is greatly boosted by the personal encounter. … [more]

Challenges Facing Jews and Muslims in America and Israel

Ron Kronish | 01.02.2019

I recently conducted a public dialogue with my friend and colleague Professor Mehnaz Afridi, an American Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, who teaches at a Catholic college —Manhattan College—in a Jewish neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City. The dialogue took place at Conservative Synagogue Adat Israel Riverdale in the Bronx. … [more]

What my friendship with Pope Francis taught me about interfaith dialogue

Abraham Skorka | 01.02.2019

This February, I will be a participant with my friend Pope Francis at a “Global Conference on Human Fraternity” hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. It seeks a common framework of cooperation among religious leaders to achieve peace and human solidarity. … [more]

What the Bible’s Romans 13 says about asylum – and what Jeff Sessions omitted

Casey Strine* | 30.06.2018

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, kicked up a storm when he invoked a line from the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating thousands of parents and children during immigration investigations. … [more]

Naming, Growing, and Collaborating

Marcus Braybrooke* | 30.06.2018

What’s in a name? In June, the Three Faiths Forum, founded 21 years ago in the UK, is changing its name to the Faith & Belief Forum. This reflects the way its work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious. Increasingly, the original name was seen as exclusive, and for a time the difficulty was evaded by using the initials ‘3FF.’ … [more]

Rabbi Michael Melchior and his Religious Peace Initiative

Ron Kronish | 31.05.2018

Rabbi Michael Melchior is without doubt the leading interreligious peacebuilder in Israel. For many years now, he has been bringing religious leaders together from within Israel and the region, as well as internationally, and in recent years he has been witness to significant results and much positive progress. … [more]

How I Became a Jewish Historian

Frederick M. Schweitzer[1] | 31.03.2018

I have toiled nearly a half century in the Lord’s vineyard of Christian/Catholic-Jewish relations. It has been a productive and satisfying life commitment, decisively inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s Nostra Aetate (“In our day”), the Church’s declaration on its relation to Judaism and other non-Christian religions. … [more]

To Build Trust by Learning about other Religions

Sharon Rosen* | 01.01.2018

It is my great pleasure to once again attend a Sant’Egidio meeting after many years of deep friendship with this magnificent community. And I am especially proud to be representing my organization, Search for Common Ground at this meeting as its first global director for religious engagement. … [more]