World Jewry Welcomes New Pope

March 14, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder has congratulated Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio on his election to the Papacy. He will be known as Pope Francis I.

Ronald S. Lauder with Pope Francis I when he was Cardinal Bergoglio

Ronald S. Lauder with Pope Francis I when he was Cardinal Bergoglio

Lauder said: “On behalf of the World Jewish Congress and our affiliated Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries world-wide I warmly congratulate Cardinal Bergoglio on his election as new pope. We look forward to continuing the close relationship that has been fostered between the Catholic Church and the Jews over the past two decades.

“Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by the WJC and our regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress. I personally met with him in Buenos Aires in June 2008. He always had an open ear for our concerns. By choosing such an experienced man, someone who is known for his open-mindedness, the cardinals have sent an important signal to the world. I am sure that Pope Francis I will continue to be a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths.

“During the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, Catholic-Jewish relations reached unprecedented levels. This was due to the determination of the pope to continue the work of his predecessor, John Paul II. We are convinced that new pontiff will continue on this path, that he will speak out against all forms of antisemitism both within and without the Catholic Church, that he will take action against clerics who deny or belittle the Holocaust, and that he will strengthen the Vatican’s relationship with Israel.

“We hope that Pope Francis I will soon be able to meet with us to discuss the challenges that lie ahead.”


2 Responses to “World Jewry Welcomes New Pope”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    Yes, the Muslims have the same sentiments.
    Between the Wallenburg Foundation and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre they brought a level of expections and understandings that changed the life for Jews in Argentina and it never came easy, considering it was a dumping ground for Nazi war criminals.

  2. Hal says:

    What a great opportunity to bring different religious figures together.

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