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Christiane Gruber

Christiane Gruber is an author at Religion News Service.

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What the mythical figure of Şahmeran in Turkey represents and why activists use it

By Christiane Gruber — March 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — At the center of recent protests over civil liberties and religious sensibilities in Turkey looms a half-woman, half-snake figure known as Şahmeran.

NEWS FEATURE: Recovering Jewish heritage a growing movement in Europe

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1999
c. 1999 Religion News Service PARIS _ More than half a century after the Holocaust and nearly a decade after the fall of communism, the fate of thousands of disused synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish heritage sites has become an issue of growing concern in Europe. For decades after World War II there was little […]

NEWS STORY: European Jews gather to discuss future

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1999
c. 1999 Religion News Service NICE, France _ In a meeting unprecedented in size, scope and objective, nearly 600 Jewish activists and communal leaders from 39 countries converged on Nice at the end of May to celebrate their vision of a new, self-confident European Jewish identity. The meeting, the General Assembly of the European Council […]

NEWS STORY: Balkan religious leaders take new step toward cooperation

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1999
c. 1999 Religion News Service BUDAPEST, Hungary _ What role does religious diversity play in the troubled mosaic of the Balkans? Can interfaith dialogue help in resolving the bitter political conflicts wracking the region? Can religion and religious leaders contribute to building lasting peace? These were some of the questions debated by Muslim, Christian and […]

NEWS STORY: Pope calls to make Sunday special, not just part of weekend

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II, decrying the decline in Sunday worship attendance, Tuesday (July 7) told the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics not to let Sunday become”merely part of a `weekend.'” Instead, he urged them in a 100-page apostolic letter to”rediscover Sunday”as a day of prayer, contemplation and […]

NEWS FEATURE: Sainthood for Croatian cardinal could be rocky road

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican’s declaration last week that Croatia’s World War II Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was a martyr for the faith comes at a time when Croatia’s murky wartime history _ and that of the cardinal _ is under close examination. Stepinac is regarded as a hero by Roman […]

NEWS STORY: Italian Waldensians support assisted suicide, euthanasia

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service ROME _ Italy’s small Waldensian Protestant Church has adopted a statement supporting euthanasia and assisted suicide, while urging discussion on the issue with an eye toward legislative approval of the practices, which are strongly condemned by the the Roman Catholic Church. The controversial move came during the joint weeklong annual […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Auschwitz cross crisis reveals tensions in Polish Catholic church

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service ROME _ The crisis over a forest of crosses placed by militant Roman Catholics near the gates of Auschwitz over the past few weeks has raised echoes of the bitter conflict between Poles and Jews over the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz in the late 1980s and early ’90s. A leading […]

NEWS FEATURE: Pope John Paul II’s papacy has radically changed church’s relations with J

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service ROME _ In his two decades as pope, John Paul II has radically changed the scope and tenor of relations between Roman Catholics and Jews. As pope, the Polish-born John Paul has presided over and encouraged an official Catholic opening to Jews, their sensitivities and their causes unprecedented in 2,000 […]

NEWS FEATURE: Interest in Jewish culture growing in Catholic Italy

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service ANCONA, Italy _ Michael Alpert of the American klezmer group Brave Old World mixed Italian with Yiddish this summer as he sang to hundreds in the open-air courtyard of a 17th-century fortress on the Adriatic Sea. It was the final night of Ancona’s third international klezmer festival, a four-day jamboree […]

Italian Jews, too, struggle with religious-secular tensions

By Christiane Gruber — January 1, 1998
ROME _ The tensions pitting Orthodox Jewish traditionalists against more secular Jews over such issues as”who is a Jew,”which has created political crises in Israel and threatened to divide the large Jewish community in the United States, have also been simmering for the past year in Italy’s tiny Jewish community. The tensions threatened to boil […]
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