Pope names two rabbis to Pontifical Academy of Life

JTA – June 18, 2017

JTA – Two rabbis, one from Israel and one from Argentina, were appointed by Pope Francis to the  the first time rabbis have been invited to be members of the academy.

Pope Francis appointed 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the Pontifical Academy of Life, the Vatican announced last week.

Israeli Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, who won the Israel Prize in 1999 for original rabbinic literature, and Argentinean rabbi Fernando Szlajen were designated on June 13 as members of the institution that “exists for the promotion and defense of human life, especially regarding bioethics as it regards Christian morality.”