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Pope reaffirms Christians' special relationship with Jews amid rising antisemitism, Gaza war

Feb. 03, 2024 16:02 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed Christians' special relationship with Jews amid rising antisemitism since the outbreak of the Gaza war in a letter to the Jews of Israel that he said was prompted by messages from Jewish organizations around the world. The...

High-ranking Orthodox prelate warns against spread of antisemitism by religious officials

Jan. 28, 2024 19:31 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Speaking on the day for commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, a high-ranking official of the Orthodox Church warned Sunday against the spread of antisemitism by religious and church officials. “I am worried by the spread of antisemitism...

Muslims and Jews in Bosnia observe Holocaust Remembrance Day and call for peace and dialogue

Jan. 27, 2024 09:54 AM EST

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Jews and Muslims from Bosnia and abroad gathered in Srebrenica on Saturday to jointly observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to promote compassion and dialogue amid the Israel-Hamas war. The gathering was organized by the center...

Who was the revered rabbi whose New York synagogue was the scene of a brawl over an illegal tunnel?

Jan. 11, 2024 18:53 PM EST

The basement synagogue that was the scene of a brawl this week between worshippers and New York City police has a long and storied connection with a Brooklyn rabbi who led a global movement and remains revered three decades since his death. The fight broke out Monday when...

Illegal tunnel under New York City synagogue destabilized nearby buildings, officials say

Jan. 11, 2024 18:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The illegal tunnel discovered under a historic Brooklyn synagogue compromised the stability of several structures surrounding the religious complex, prompting an order to vacate as well as citations against its owners, city officials said. Inspectors with New York...

Somber, joyful, magical: Some of the most compelling AP religion photos of 2023

Dec. 19, 2023 10:52 AM EST

In the searing heat of Mecca, throngs of Muslims from around the world converged for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. In the round-the-clock darkness of the polar night, a Lutheran pastor in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard persevered in her ministry to one of the world’s...

Holocaust survivors will mark Hanukkah amid worries over war in Israel, global rise of antisemitism

Dec. 11, 2023 00:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors from around the globe will mark the start of the fifth day of Hanukkah together with a virtual ceremony as Jews worldwide worry about the Israel-Hamas war and a spike of antisemitism in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. Survivors can join...

Germany's chancellor lights first Hanukkah candle on a huge menorah at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

Dec. 07, 2023 11:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday expressed his unwavering support for the Jewish people as he lit the first candle of Hanukkah on a huge menorah in front of Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. “I wish that the candle of Hanukkah will shine far beyond this...

A new Homeland Security guide aims to help houses of worship protect themselves

Dec. 06, 2023 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new guide from the Department of Homeland Security released Wednesday aims to help churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship protect themselves at a time of heightened tensions in faith-based communities across the country. The Cybersecurity and...

Hanukkah message of light in darkness feels uniquely relevant to US Jews amid war, antisemitism

Dec. 06, 2023 08:12 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Preparing for Hanukkah — Judaism’s celebration of finding light in the darkness — feels uniquely somber yet defiant this year for the diverse Jewish community in Miami-area towns that many consider a welcoming home for their faith. Even here, daily...