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Vatican envoy meets with Boston Jews

BRAINTREE, Mass., March 27 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI's leading adviser on the Catholic Church's relations with Jews visited the Boston area this week to try to heal recent rifts.

Survey: Italians ignorant of Bible

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fewer than three out of 20 Italians can answer simple questions about the Bible correctly, a survey finds.

Pope gains German respect in first year

BERLIN, April 19 (UPI) -- In his first year as Pope Benedict XVI, German-born Joseph Ratzinger has won over many critics who feared he would live up to the title of "God's Rottweiler."

Cardinals, rabbis meet in Germany

BERLIN, March 10 (UPI) -- Roman Catholic and Jewish religious leaders held an unprecedented meeting in Germany.

Vatican returns artifact to Russian church

MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Vatican cardinal returned Saturday a precious icon to the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow as a gift from Pope John Paul II.

Pope to return icon to Russian church

ROME, Vatican City, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A replica of a sacred Russian Orthodox icon the Roman Catholic church purchased for $1 million will be returned to Russia's patriarch, the BBC reported.

Analysis: A rift worse than schism?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The crisis in the Anglican Communion seems to foreshadow a rift worse than a schism for world Christianity. It does not only divide denomination from denominati
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Faith: Whither ecumenism in Russia?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A man with one of the most difficult jobs in Russia will visit Washington this coming Sunday: Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Moscow's first Catholic Archbishop since 19
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Analysis: Peace tightrope in Assisi

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Walking a tightrope masterfully, Pope John Paul II led an interfaith Day of Prayer for Peace for a third time Thursday in Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. More than 200 religious leaders from around the world attended.
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent
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Walter Kasper (born 5 March 1933 in Heidenheim an der Brenz) is a German Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in the Roman Curia, and Cardinal Deacon of Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova. An accomplished theologian, Kasper can speak in German, English, and Italian.

Born in Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany, Kasper was ordained a priest on 6 April 1957 by Bishop Carl Leiprecht of Rottenburg. From 1957 to 1958 he was a parochial vicar in a Stuttgart. He returned to his studies, and earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the University of Tübingen. He was a faculty member at Tübingen from 1958 to 1961, and worked for three years as an assistant to the conservative Leo Scheffczyk and the liberal Hans Küng, who was banned from teaching by the Church due to his views on contraception and papal infallibility. He later taught dogmatic theology at the Westphalian University of Münster (1964-1970), rising to become dean of the theological faculty in 1969, and then the same in Tübingen in 1970. In 1983, Kasper taught as a visiting professor at The Catholic University of America. He was editor of the Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche.

Kasper was named Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany's fourth largest Catholic diocese, on 17 April 1989. He was consecrated on 17 June that same year by Archbishop Oskar Saier of Freiburg im Breisgau; Bishops Karl Lehmann and Franz Kuhnle served as co-consecrators. In 1993 he and other members of the German episcopate signed a pastoral letter allowing divorced and civilly remarried German Catholics to return to the sacraments, to the disapproval of then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1994, he was named co-chair of the International Commission for Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.

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