World Jews celebrate election of Pope Francis

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina hailed as close friend of Jewish community in Buenos Aires. ‘He is a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths,’ says WJC President Ron Lauder, who is convinced new pontiff will speak out against all forms of anti-Semitism


Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who was elected Wednesday to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, is said to be a close friend of the global Jewish community, and the Argentinean community in particular.

Jewish organizations worldwide welcomed his election and expect to see him strengthen the relationship between the Jewish community and the Vatican and continue the work of Pope Benedict XVI, who spoke against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Bergoglio, who took the name Francis I, has a long history with the Jewish community in Buenos Aires from the time he served as the city’s archbishop.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), in September 2007 he attended Rosh Hashana services at the Benei Tikva Slijot synagogue in the Argentinean capital.

Rabbi David Rosen, the director of interfaith affairs for the American Jewish Committee, told JTA that the new pope was a “warm and sweet and modest man” known in Buenos Aires for doing his own cooking and personally answering his phone.

Rosen added that after the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, Bergoglio “showed solidarity with the Jewish community.”

According to JTA, in 2005 Bergoglio was the first public personality to sign a petition for justice in the AMIA bombing case. In June 2010, he even visited the rebuilt AMIA building to talk with Jewish leaders.

The World Jewish Congress congratulated Bergoglio as well, referring to him as “a man of dialogue.”

WJC President Ron Lauder said that he had met Pope Francis in Buenos Aires in 2008.

“Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many interfaith events co-organized by the WJC and our regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress,” Lauder wrote.

He praised the new pope as “an experienced man, someone who is known for his open-mindedness… a man of dialogue, a man who is able to build bridges with other faiths.

“We look forward to continuing the close relationship that has been fostered between the Catholic Church and the Jews over the past two decades.”

Lauder added that he believed Pope Francis would continue Popes John Paul and Benedict’s work for Catholic-Jewish relations.

“We are convinced that the new pontiff will continue on this path, that he will speak out against all forms of anti-Semitism 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.”

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Jewish Press website: “We have every reason to be confident Pope Francis I will be a staunch defender of the historic Nostra Aetate, the declaration on the relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, which forever changed the relationship of the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.”

On Wednesday, Bergoglio became the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal 115 cardinal electors had chosen him to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

  1. #1 by Matt Houston on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  2. #2 by Shawshank on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    I wish the Jews would stay out of other people’s religions! They don’t like it when people bitch about them! That’s when they start screaming Anti-Semite!

  3. #3 by Patrick on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Any Christian allying with Israel/Zionism is actually Judas kissing the cheek of Christ just as treasonously as Judas Iscariot in the Garden, selling your Christian Brothers to the Temple Priests.
    The ESSENCE of Judaism is vengence. The ESSENCE of CHRISTianity is forgiveness. Never the two can meet.

    “Judeo-Christian” is an OXYMORON. WAR-God vs PEACE-God. The Old Testament followers worship a WAR GOD and spend their lives hating, reliving every imagined slight, and dreaming of VENGENCE ….. “NEVER FORGIVE and NEVER FORGET” …. they still go on about Egypt and Babylon after MILLENIA. New Testament followers (are supposed to) worship a loving, forgiving God, and to CLOSE the Old Testament, as it has been FULLFILLED by the Crucifixion of Jesus. If you are following the OLD Testament you ARE NOT and CANNOT be a CHRISTian.

    “ANTI-Christ” does not get any greater then to CRUCIFY HIM, send agents (Saul of Tarsus and many others) to kill his followers, and then instigate POGROMS against the early Christians. Judaism IS the ANTI-Christ. Jews absolutely despise Christ, calling him the bastard son of a Prostitute. Research the Jewish view of Jesus Christ.
    The ESSENCE of Judaism is vengence. The ESSENCE of CHRISTianity is forgiveness. Never the two can meet.

  4. #4 by Steve Campbell on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Well said Patrick. Thank you.

  5. #5 by Big Ben on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    This is not comforting news. Either Francis is truly ecumenical, or tied into their scheming. Either way jews will profit from this and all others will be hurt..

  6. #6 by Roberto on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    That should put the mockers on the new Argentine/Iranian joint investigation in to the Synagogue attack, currently being blamed on Hezbollah by Israel.

  7. #7 by Luciana on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Thank you Patrick. The Catholic Church is condemned. Good riddance to them. There are articles being posted about this new pope. He was involved in some dictatorship crimes in Argentina during the Dirty War where 30,000 Argentines disappeared and some hostages were thrown off air planes to their death, etc. This is nothing to cheer. Disgusting!

  8. #8 by Ball-bag on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Another load of psychopathic, religious, nut-jobs, drive the unhinged scum into the sea, the whole lot of them!

  9. #9 by Peter on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Ahh!!!!! , so he will speak out against the mis-named anti-semitism, but will he speak out against anti-Gentilism? I think he will support it. Peter

  10. #10 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    SO he will ‘defend the Holocaust’ balh blah blah. That spells the end of the Catholic Church folks. Jews don’t give a damn for anybody but themselves and their alleged ‘specialness’. What a crock!

  11. #11 by Tom Wilkins on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    This is the price of getting in hock to Rothschild lucre.

  12. #12 by Dante Ardenz on 03/14/2013 - 9:34

    Thank you Patrick.A beautiful post,along with many others.The Catholic Church was bought of by them at the 2 Vatican Council.The Jews final big victory in the world.They had gotten there Israel,crushed Germany,overthrew the Czar,created the Federal Reserve,and took the assets of Britain to fight WW2,and keep Churchill in power.The corrupt Catholics who agreed to this,and the gullible ones who fall for them are working with the Anti-Christ. The Jewish cancer injection has led to nothing but decline of the Church.Disgusting sex scandals,financial corruption.Closed schools and Churches.Lack of public respect.This Francis fool is just a place sitter. He will sign all the papers,and say the things the Jews want him too.He is the last Pope.

  13. #13 by Danuta on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    With all my sincerity I do hope, that new Pope Francis I will open his eyes and lead the Church to save the world. I hope that all the notes about his associations with Jews will disappear and the Holly Spirit will guide him the right way. They could not be alliene between Jews who are the haters of Jesus and Catholic Church and the Pope. It is indeed odd, why they (Jews) are celebration the election of our Pope? is there something which we do not know? If this is true, it is better to find out about it now then later as I can be too late!

  14. #14 by Ba Aden on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    Yes this is how the Church work the Zionism. Like it or not and that is how its going to be as far as we only write our comments in here and doing nothing about it than read and comment. There should be a Union that we can trust and join in our fights against Jews and Zionism. Other wise nothing of any kind of changing will ever happen in this Damn world

  15. #15 by WIDEAWAKE on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    @ Danuta, BINGO! Christ’s murderers celebrate the election of Christian(????) leader, this means he is a traitor and jew bootlicker (amongst other nasty things). As 1bigcree Shadowhawk stated above, “Jews don’t give a damn for anybody but themselves and their alleged ‘specialness’”…. BINGO again!

  16. #16 by John on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    You guys don’t get the whole picture.

    Rabbi Berg (aka Francis I) is a crypto-Jew himself. So was Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, Paul VI, JPII, and the RAT. And John XXIII was a freemason. The last good pope was Pius X folks. Rome is full of crypto-Jews and freemasonic infiltrators in all the high positions, and I’m afraid none of them are really Catholic. Our Lady of LaSalette predicted in the late 1800’s that “Rome will become the seat of the Anti-Christ.” Well that prediction has already been fulfilled.

  17. #17 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    Yes we get it John#16. Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Jesuit Order was a crypto Jew. Most Popes have been crypto Jews. Ratzinger was indeed one. That is why they are so ‘isreal’ friendly.

  18. #18 by Lydia on 03/15/2013 - 9:34

    Bravo Patrick, Big Ben, Shadowhawk, Dante…and John. It’s been a long struggle for the control of the Vatican, and there is a diabolical death grip around it, starting circa 1958.

    The infiltration embellished in the 20th century. Leo XIII warned Catholics (and proclaimed the Leonine Prayers, including the St Michael Prayer said after Mass). St Pope Pius X was almost not elected after Pope Leo X died in 1903, and instead almost replaced by a Freemason (discovered 5 years after his death). He put the hammer down, only temporary. Communists and Freemasons continue to fester within the curia.

    There has been nothing remotely “Catholic” of the “church of Rome” in practice (will NOT call it the Holy Roman Catholic Church) since before 1958. During his last year of life, Pope Pius XII discovered (and/or was aware of) no less than 800 Freemasons operating within the Vatican (source: Fr Clement Procopio, OFM, told to me personally Oct 2011). The imposters that have invaded and control the Vatican currently are not “the Church” , nor are they part of Doctrine or the Magesterium since 33AD. The Freemasons (and they are legion) have ipso facto excommunicated themselves according to proclamations by pre Vatican II (VALID) popes; there for NOT Catholic. But the ‘world” is too naive (or don’t care) to see it. Our Lady of La Salette called it in the late 1800’s. This is what we have, previous Popes were aware of her warning but were unable (or unwilling) to protect Holy Mother Church.

    It’s chastisement time folks, and it’s not just for Catholics. We’re in for a hell of a ride (literally) and we’re all in this together.

  19. #19 by Irene Johnston on 03/16/2013 - 9:34

    Look up the zionist’s 7 noahide law’s,I believe these so called law’s are for when they have their One World Religion.

  20. #20 by Garth Colin Whelan on 03/16/2013 - 9:34

    Patrick; your ignorance is embarrassing. If God was a war God in the old testament, then why since the first sin of Adam and Eve did He already have a recipe to save mankind from sin and death? Why did He have the heart to allow His only Son to come down, and lay His life down for man, if He was a God of vengeance? Why was David able to repeatedly sing (of the Lord) “His loving kindness endureth forever”? Jesus came to fulfill the law, not change it. Your thinking is flawed. Zionists and Christians are NOT an oxymoron, as in Hebrews it says that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is a God of mercy, but He is also just. He saves everyone who calls upon His name. The Jewish people reflect that truth that God is indeed a God of love and mercy by the way they live (don’t listen to biased media reports).

    The church (Christianity), was born out of Judaism. All the prophecies regarding the coming of Christ came through Jews practicing Judaism. Jesus was born and brought up in the ways of Judaism. It just so happens that many Jews didn’t understand their own religion (pretty much like many Christians today), and Jesus rebuked them when necessary in order to bring them to true faith. Many were stubborn, and refused to; but there again, so are many Christians. Whilst talking about accusing Jews of worshiping a war mongering God (seeing as you’re generalizing), which nations are the ones who have legalized abortion? They appear to be mostly all nations who have had Christianity as their state religion in their history – I say that to my own shame too, having come from a Western nation. Revelation 12 sees the vision of a woman clothed with the sun, moon under her feet, and 12 stars; that is Israel. She gave birth -to the church, and Satan sought to devour her child. Figuratively, Israel is the mother of the church; so, if we do not honor Israel, believe replacement theology, then we are breaking the fifth commandment, which says ‘Honor you Father and your mother’.

    Patrick, if you have a complete bible, look at the old testament from time to time. You will learn loads of great stuff about the Lord. Read Romans 15v4; it basically says that whatever things were practiced before – unless Jesus brought new insight – are to continue.

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