By Dotty Brown, published in the The Forward, November 2015 Nearly 50 years after the Vatican officially proclaimed Jews free of guilt in the killing of Jesus, Pope Francis made a surprise change to his schedule on the final day of his U.S. tour to convey his own message of respect for the Jewish people. […]
Rabbi Abraham Skorka
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka is a chemist, rabbi and writer. He is the Rector of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer which trains Masorti/Conservative Rabbis, Cantors and educators in the Latin American Jewish Community. In addition, he is the Rabbi of the Masorti Olami Community (Worldwide Conservative Movement) Benei Tikva in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka co-authored a book on interfaith dialogue, titled “On Heaven and Earth” that was published in Spanish in 2010 and in English in 2013. It is based on over 30 TV shows they co-hosted in Argentina. Rabbi Skorka was also honored by writing the introduction to Pope Francis’s official biography. In 2012, Pope Francis, who was then the Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, granted Doctor honoris causa to Rabbi Skorka, on behalf of the Catholic University of Argentina. In May 2014, Rabbi Skorka accompanied the Pope as part of the Papal entourage to the Middle East. On this historic tour, one of the major highlights was their joint prayer for peace at the Western Wall, which was widley covered by world media.