Tu b’Av: the holiday of love.

Today Israel is celebrating Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט”ו באב, the fifteenth of the month Av), a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day. It has been said to be a “great day for weddings”. According to the Mishna, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday Read More

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Exhibition on Pope John Paul II and the Jewish people.

“A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening today in the Vatican (Charlemagne Wing, 29 July to 17 September), previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where it received more than a million visitors. The exhibition, presented as a Read More

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Pope Francis’ discourse to members of International Jewish delegation.

Dear Friends, I am pleased to greet you during your visit to the Vatican. My predecessors met with delegations of B’nai B’rith International on several occasions, and today I offer you my welcome with renewed respect and affection.Your organization has enjoyed relations with the Holy See since the promulgation of the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate. Read More

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“All Christians have Jewish roots”, affirms Pope Francis.

On 30 June, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme “The fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate: the past, present and future of relations between Jews and Christians”. The Pope expressed Read More

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Sunday Gospel Painting – Jn 6:1-15

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Tisha be-Av: the destruction of the Temple.

    by Sr. Anne-Catherine Avril, nds On this Sunday, July 26, the Jewish people remember the destruction of the first and second Temples. This is the “tisha B’Av, the 9th of the month Av, the fifth month of the Jewish year. Great fasting day with intense prayer. We read the scroll of Eicha (first word Read More

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