For many Catholics, Pope Francis is a cleansing breath of fresh air. In a short nine months since taking over at the Vatican, he has reset the Church, putting a strong focus on tolerance, simplicity and helping the poor. For Jews, he’s the pope with a rebbe. The pope has maintained a longtime friendship with Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka (the two wrote a book together, the 2010 “On Heaven and Earth”); that fact was hailed by Jewish leaders when he was tapped for pope as a sign that the Jewish-Catholic relationship would continue on solid ground.
Argentine rabbi who co-authored book with Francis I says new leader will ‘search for the truth.'
Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II.