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Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Selected as New Pope (VIDEO)

March 13, 2013 4:48 pm 4 comments

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the new pope. Photo: Aibdescalzo/Wikimedia Commons.

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was selected Wednesday as the new pope, Francis I, by the College of Cardinals.

Bergoglio, 76, is the first pope elected from South America, home to the world’s largest Catholic population, and the first born outside of Europe in more than 1,000 years.

Bergoglio also becomes first member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) religious order to be elected pope.

“Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly,” says his official biographer, Sergio Rubin, according to the Associated Press.

Bergoglio is also well respected by local Argentinian and international Jewish leaders.

He won praise for his compassionate response to the 1994 terror attack on a Jewish center that killed 85 people in his native Buenos Aires.

“He was very concerned with what happened,” Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz co-founder of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University said in 2005, according to the National Catholic Reporter. “He’s got experience.”

In 2005, Bergoglio signed a joint statement against terrorism together with Jose Adaszko of the Israel Mutual Association of Argentina, and Omar Helal Massud of the Islamic Center, with an emphasis on preventing attacks such as the 1994 bombing, according to Israel National News.

American Jewish leaders were quick to praise the selection of Bergoglio.

“We anticipate a close relationship with Pope Francis, as, together with our Catholic partners, we continue to advance Catholic-Jewish relations,” said Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs.

“Pope Francis has demonstrated his profound solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina in both times of sorrow and joy,” Rosen said. “We look forward to continued close collaboration with the Catholic Church under his leadership as we have been privileged to enjoy his predecessors.”

Both of Pope Francis’s predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, took significant to improve Jewish-Christian relations, as well as to establish diplomatic ties with Israel. The Jewish state and the Vatican, however, have not agreed of late on the Palestinian issue. Late last year, the Vatican supported the Palestinians’ status upgrade bid at the United Nations.

A video of the new pope at a synagogue for a recent Chanukah celebration can be viewed below.

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  • PLEASE From the Inside Flap
    Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin—but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitler’s staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, with a legacy that feeds radical Islam today. In this shocking and thoroughly documented book, Rabbi Dalin explodes the myth of Hitler’s pope and condemns the myth-makers for not only rewriting history, but for denying the testimony of Holocaust survivors, hijacking the Holocaust for unseemly political ends, and ignoring the real threat to the Jewish people. In The Myth of Hitler’s Pope, you’ll learn: · The true history of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust—how the Catholic Church did more than any other religious body to save Jewish lives · The real history of the Church and the Nazis—including the Nazi plan to kidnap the pope · The real agenda of the myth-makers: hijacking the Holocaust to attack the very idea of the papacy—especially the papacy of the late Pope John Paul II—as well as Christianity and traditional religion as a whole · Hitler’s cleric—Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who advised and assisted the Nazis in carrying out Hitler’s Final Solution · How Pope Pius XII rescued Jews—and deserves to be called a “righteous gentile”—while the grand mufti of Jerusalem called for their extermination Full of shocking and irrefutable detail, The Myth of Hitler’s Pope is sure to generate controversy, and more important, to set the record straight. If you want the truth about Pope Pius XII, about the Catholic Church, the Jews, and the Holocaust, and about how the myth of Hitler’s pope plays into the culture wars of our own time—and how the fact of Hitler’s mufti is a vital source of radical Islam today—you must begin here.OPEN THE ARCHIVES

  • MARKUS, tell the xtians the popes the vatican to stop entirely the proselytizing to JEWS. TELL THEM TO STOP DRESSING AS Rabbis deceiving innocent JEWS to convert them to accept jesux.
    MARKUS THE SPIRITUAL FIGHT AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL TERRORISM OF THE CHURCH IS FAR WORSE THEN A MORTAL DEATH.

  • MARKUS, tell the xtians the popes the vatican to stop entirely the proselytizing to JEWS. THELL THEM TO STOP DRESSING AS Rabbis deceiving innocent JEWS to convert them to accept jesux.
    MARKUS THE SPIRITUAL FIGHT AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL TERRORISM OF THE CHURCH IS FAR WORSE THEN A MORTAL DEATH.

  • Markus E Brajtman

    May the new Pope live many years in good health

    Hopefully, he will continue the Catholic Jewish relationship. Hopefully, Pope Francis will support Israel in her fight against terrorism.
    And, hopefully, Pope Francis will return all Jewish property to Israel

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