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  • Pope calls off trip to Iraq

    ROME, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II has — at least for now — scrapped plans to visit Iraq as part of his millennium pilgrimage to biblical sites because Baghdad says it cannot guarantee his safety. “Iraqi authorities have informed the Secretariat of State that the abnormal conditions in which Iraq finds itself…

  • Late Croatian strongman courted Jews, revised history

    ROME, Dec. 12 (JTA) — During his decade as president of newly independent Croatia, Franjo Tudjman tried to counter his authoritarian, ardently nationalistic policies by bending over backward to support Jewish causes. Tudjman, a former Communist who fought in the Resistance during World War II and later became Croatia’s founding father, died late Friday at…

  • Genealogy project reunites lost relatives

    WARSAW, Dec. 8 (JTA) — “It’s a new day in the old country for Jewish genealogists,” says Yale Reisner. “With the opening of borders, the opening of archives and the advent of computers and the Internet, tremendous volumes of information unavailable for the last 50 to 80 years have suddenly become accessible. “What we need…

  • Genealogy project reunites lost relatives

    WARSAW, Dec. 8 (JTA) — “It’s a new day in the old country for Jewish genealogists,” says Yale Reisner. “With the opening of borders, the opening of archives and the advent of computers and the Internet, tremendous volumes of information unavailable for the last 50 to 80 years have suddenly become accessible. “What we need…

  • Internet links Jews to past once thought dead

    CLUJ, Romania, Dec. 5 (JTA) — A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative

  • Internet links Jews to past once thought dead

    A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative. These are rich prizes for

  • Israeli-Vatican tensions grow

    ROME, Nov. 28 (JTA) — Israel’s attempt to defuse a Christian-Muslim conflict in Nazareth has soured its relations with the Vatican and called into question a visit to the town by the pope during his millennium pilgrimage to the Holy Land next March. Nazareth is revered by Christians as the boyhood home of Jesus, but…

  • Rome on guard for anti-Semitic attacks

    ROME, Nov. 28 (JTA) – Rome authorities have stepped up surveillance at possible targets of anti-Semitic attack following two bombing incidents linked to neo-Nazis. Security was also increased Sunday at soccer stadiums, where extremist fans often wave banners with anti-Semitic slogans. Players in an important match in Rome wore the slogan “No to Anti-Semitism, Violence…

  • Team to probe Vatican’s wartime archives

    ROME, Nov. 23 (JTA) — The Vatican and an international committee of Jewish leaders have announced the team of scholars who will review published Vatican archives relating to World War II. The panel plans to help clarify the role of the Roman Catholic Church, and of Pope Pius XII, during the Holocaust. Tuesday’s announcement was…

  • Talks under way for papal pilgrimage to Iraq

    ROME, Nov. 21 (JTA) — With Pope John Paul II’s long-planned visit to the Holy Land confirmed for next March, a Vatican delegation is in Baghdad to finalize details of a papal visit to Iraq. The five-person delegation, headed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, arrived in Baghdad on Saturday night after a 12-hour, 600-mile journey…