Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope Francis makes surprise stop to bless sculpture symbolizing Catholic unity with Jews

By Dotty Brown
Joshua Koffman's “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time” is of two women seated next to each other, much like two sisters.
PENNSYLVANIA---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. In an unannounced event, the pontiff stopped Sunday to bless a sculpture commissioned by the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia that repudiates a centuries-old anti-Semitic image. [link]