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  • Jewish journalists in Europe look to the information highway

    ROME, Dec. 8 (JTA) — How can the Internet be used to maximize communications between Jews and Jewish communities? This was one of the questions on the agenda when some 30 Jewish reporters and editors from six European countries gathered for a three-day seminar in Rome to discuss ways to improve their coverage of Jewish…

  • Italian soccer teams could face fines for fans’ anti-Semitic actions

    ROME, Dec. 6 (JTA) — Italy’s soccer federation has launched an investigation against two soccer teams after fans unfurled anti-Semitic banners at a match last week in Rome. The two teams, Lazio and Roma, could face fines of the equivalent of $30,000. Italy’s sports code makes teams responsible for fans who use banners or signs…

  • Soccer fans sport anti-Semitic banners

    ROME, Dec. 2 (JTA) — The president of Rome’s Jewish community said local Jews must react to an outbreak of anti-Semitism that occurred at a soccer game here last weekend. Sandro Di Castro made the comments after a match between arch-rival teams Roma and Lazio, during which fans displayed banners deriding the other team’s fans…

  • Pope hints church may ask for forgiveness for Inquisition

    ROME, Nov. 2 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II has indicated that the Vatican may ask forgiveness for the Inquisition as part of a policy of self-searching as the Christian millennium approaches. The pope said on Saturday that the Inquisition belonged to a “tormented” phase of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, and he…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Italy struggles with memory of fascist-era anti-Semitic legislation

    ROME, Nov. 1 (JTA) — Sixty years ago, fascist Italy enacted anti-Semitic legislation that led the way to the Holocaust in this country. Italy’s public authorities and the country’s Jewish community are marking the anniversary with a series of commemorations, conferences, publications and other activities. They are aimed both at memorializing the Jews who were…

  • Survey: Minority of Poles back crosses erected near Auschwitz

    ROME, Sept. 27 (JTA) — Only a small minority of Poles support the forest of crosses that have sprung up recently near the site of the Auschwitz death camp, according to a Polish opinion poll. While only 15 percent of the respondents back the placing of new crosses outside Auschwitz by radical Catholic militants, about…

  • Jewish group protests plan to beatify Croatian archbishop

    ROME, Sept. 27 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II is set to beatify a controversial archbishop from World War II despite a call by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to put off the ceremony pending an independent historical investigation into the Croatian cleric’s wartime record. The pope is planning to beatify Alojzije Stepinac on Saturday during…

  • Italian firm approves agreement

    ROME, Aug. 30 (JTA) — The board of directors of Italy’s largest insurance firm has approved an agreement made earlier this month to pay $100 million as part of a settlement of Holocaust-era claims. The board of Assicurazioni Generali made its agreement conditional upon the acceptance of the settlement by all other parties involved in…

  • Pope stays silent as militants erect more crosses at Auschwitz

    ROME, Aug. 27 (JTA) — Ignoring pleas from Israel’s chief rabbis, the Vatican has decided to stay on the sidelines of the escalating crisis over the placement of more than 150 crosses outside the site of the Auschwitz death camp by Polish Roman Catholic militants. A Vatican spokesperson told JTA that it was unlikely that…

  • Jews from five countries attend festival in Bulgaria

    ROME, Aug. 25 (JTA) — Jews from five countries attended a Sephardi Jewish festival recently held in Bulgaria. More than 150 participants from Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yugoslavia attended Esperansa ‘98, a four-day festival at the end of July that featured lectures, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and food tasting. “Long into the night, songs and…