No Global author at Vatican Event on Climate and poverty Reduction (access the story here)
(Vatican Radio) A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist formed an “unlikely alliance” in the Vatican press office on Wednesday to present a two day conference entitled ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course’. The conference, which will take place at the Pontifical Augustinianum University in Rome, includes some 200 political, religious and civil society leaders from all continents who’ll be discussing Pope Francis’ new encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ in light of a climate summit to be held in Paris next December.
The two day conference, which opens on Thursday, has been organised by the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council, together with CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies. Philippa Hitchen has the details….
Secular Jewish feminist Naomi Klein and Catholic climate scientist Ottmar Edenhofer form an “unlikely alliance” in the Vatican press office to present a two day conference entitled ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course’
(Vatican Radio) ‘Vatican Weekend’ for June 27, 2015 features the weekly general audience of Pope Francis, a look at the working document or ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ for the forthcoming October Synod on the Family, the story of Saints Peter and Paul and Part 2 in the series ‘Creation’.
Pope Francis: Christians and Jews, brothers and friends
Pope Francis on Tuesday met with members of the International Council of Christians and Jews. – OSS_ROM
(Vatican Radio) This week members of the International Council of Christians and Jews have been meeting to discuss “The 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate: The Past, Present, and Future of the Christian-Jewish Relationship”, and it was on this theme that Pope Francis addressed the participants on Tuesday in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican.
He told them that Nostra Aetate represented a definitive “yes” to the Jewish roots of Christianity and an irrevocable “no” to anti-Semitism adding, that both faith traditions were no longer strangers, but friends and brothers.
Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s report
The Holy Father said that in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of this document, “we are able to see the rich fruits which it has brought about and to gratefully appraise Jewish-Catholic dialogue. He then added, “ in this way, we can express our thanks to God for all the good which has been realized in terms of friendship and mutual understanding these past fifty years.”
The Pope underlined that despite different perspectives, both Christians and Jews confess one God, Creator of the Universe and Lord of history. And he, Pope Francis continued, “in his infinite goodness and wisdom, always blesses our commitment to dialogue.”
Elaborating further, the Holy Father explained that both faith traditions, “find their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word.” “In seeking a right attitude towards God”, he Pope said, “Christians turn to Christ as the fount of new life, and Jews to the teaching of the Torah. This pattern of theological reflection on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity arises precisely from Nostra Aetate and upon this solid basis, he noted, can be developed yet further.
In conclusion, Pope Francis stressed the importance the Holy See places on relations with the Jewish community and praised the International Council of Christians and Jews’ annual meetings, which he said, offer a notable contribution to Jewish-Christian dialogue.
In our attempt to place ourselves under the teaching of the Fathers to give a new impetus and depth to our faith, we cannot omit a reflection on their way of reading the Word of God. It will be Pope St. Gregory the Great who will guide us to the “spiritual understanding” of the Scriptures and a renewed love for them. The same thing happened to Scripture in the modern world that happened to the person of Jesus. The quest for the exclusively historical and literal sense of the Bible, based on the same presuppositions that dominated during the last two centuries, led to results similar to those in the quest for a historical Jesus opposed to the Christ of faith. Jesus was reduced to being an extraordinary man, a great religious reformer, but nothing more. >>>>>>>>>>More