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16 Jul 2012 – Justus George Lawler’s “Were the Popes Against the Jews” effectively rebuts the negative critique of the popes of the 19th and 20th centuries in David Kertzer’s 2001 “The Popes Against the Jews” and in those of even earlier books by Daniel Goldhagen and John Cornwell. In so doing, Lawler makes a significant contribution to what has become an ongoing discussion among scholars and journalists. He carefully analyzes Kertzer’s presentation, showing where he fudges and manipulates historical facts and statements.  Read more...
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Catholic-Muslim Dialogue (Catholic News Service)
16 Jul 2012 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Participants in the 13th annual West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue compared and contrasted the qualities of the believer in Islam and Catholicism during a recent meeting in Orange, Calif.  Read more...
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Catholic-Jewish Dialogue (Catholic News Service)
16 Jul 2012 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic and Jewish scholars heard presentations on a book that one bishop called “an important milestone in Catholic-Jewish relations” and discussed mutual problems of rising school tuition and threats to religious freedom during recent dialogue sessions.  Read more...
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Ukrainian Catholics Oppose Language Law (Catholic News Service)
13 Jul 2012 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church leaders in Ukraine have signed an open letter calling for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign a law that would grant Russian, spoken by most people in eastern and southern Ukraine, “regional language” status.  Read more...
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13 Jul 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Calls for academic boycotts against Israeli institutions of higher learning run counter to the tenets of academic freedom and dialogue, said the presidents of two American Catholic universities.  Read more...
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13 Jul 2012 – WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina called for renegotiation of the 1995 U.S.-brokered peace deal, which ended the country’s bloody four-year war.  Read more...
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Pope Attends Interreligious Concert (Catholic News Service)
12 Jul 2012 – CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Just as individual musicians in an orchestra turn dissonance into harmony through hard work, sacrifice and listening to one another, so, too, can the world’s people turn conflict into peace, said Pope Benedict XVI.  Read more...
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Video: “First Take: Vatican” (Catholic News Service)
12 Jul 2012 – Pope Benedict XVI addresses an inter-faith orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians following a concert in his honor on 11 July.   Read more...


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