April 4, 2008 |
During his first papal trip to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will visit a synagogue led by a rabbi who survived the Holocaust, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. Benedict will make a brief stop April 18 at Manhattan's Park East Synagogue, whose leader, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest.
January 26, 1991
Synagogues and mosques around the nation approached their SABBATHS under a heightened STATE OF ALERT. Security efforts were boosted as leaders sought to assure worshipers. "You can have many armed guards but if there is anxiety in the minds of the people, they will still stay away," said Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue in New York. Abdul Rahman Raja, president of the Islamic Center of Kansas City, said: "We are concerned for our congregation because there have been verbal threats. .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1998 |
A visit to China by American religious leaders, including a Roman Catholic archbishop, did not make progress on restoring ties between the Vatican and the Communist country, a Holy See diplomat said Thursday. "Normalization is not yet a priority" for China, said Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican secretary for relations with states. "We can't speak of any concrete initiatives," said Tauran. "There is not much positive in that we haven't seen anything concrete on the table."
February 22, 1998 |
Three U.S. religious leaders said Saturday that they are confident Chinese authorities will soon provide them with detailed information about people allegedly persecuted for their religious beliefs. The clerics, appointed by President Clinton, a week and a half ago handed their Chinese hosts a list of 30 believers reported to have been jailed in China, and asked for details of charges against the prisoners and their welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1989 |
The newly benevolent view of religion in the Soviet Union, part of that country's democratic reforms, was reaffirmed recently at Western religious conferences and at an unprecedented meeting of World Council of Churches leaders in Moscow. A long-awaited proposal for a Soviet law on freedom of conscience is scheduled to be debated next month by the Supreme Soviet, the national legislature, according to the New York-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation headed by Rabbi Arthur Schneier.
March 19, 1998 |
Three leading American clergymen back from a three-week investigation of religious freedom in China reported guarded hope Wednesday that authorities will begin easing restrictions on worship as a result of the clerics' talks with President Jiang Zemin and other senior officials. They cited no immediate results of their February visit but stressed the unprecedented and candid nature of their discussions with the Chinese leadership.