Pope

Pope says antisemitism ‘not Christian’

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2013

Pope Francis condemned “all manifestations of antisemitism” during his first meeting with official Jewish representatives since his election.

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Pope accepts invitation to Jerusalem

By Elliot Miller, June 11, 2013

The new Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Israeli President Shimon Peres to visit Jersualem. Both of the Pope’s direct predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, visited the holy city, the latter in 2009.

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka: firm friends but football rivals

By Isabel de Bertodano, April 25, 2013

On the evening before his inauguration last month, Pope Francis made a call to an old friend in Buenos Aires.

“Hello, it’s Bergoglio. They trapped me here in Rome and they won’t let me come home,” he told Rabbi Abraham Skorka, whom he has known for 20 years.

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Pope’s role in sordid history

By Colin Shindler, March 29, 2013

There has been a great welcome for the new Pope from Jewish groups. They point to his good relationship with Jews — “our elder brother” — and his strong condemnation of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires. He has even co-authored a book with a rabbi that will appear in English shortly.

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‘No other pope has been so engaged with Jews’

By Ed Kessler, March 22, 2013

As the first Argentine Pope, Francis I comes from a country where there are 230,000 Jews in a country of 37 million, of whom 80 per cent are Catholic.

The new Pope is likely to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He was appointed cardinal by John Paul II in 2001 and is a Latin American with Italian roots, who studied in Germany. His spoken English is good.

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Wobbles ahead of Barack Obama's Israel trip

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

last-minute itinerary changes have played havoc with Israeli preparations for President Barack Obama’s planned 48-hour trip to the Holy Land from March 20-21.

Before the election of Argentinian Pope Francis I on Wednesday night, there had been speculation that Mr Obama might have had to interrupt his visit and attend the installation ceremony if an American pontiff had been chosen.

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Relief over choice of new pope

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

Vatican watchers in Israel’s Foreign Ministry and in the headquarters of Jewish organisations heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday evening when they learnt that Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio had just been elected Pope Francis I.

As potential pontiffs go, Cardinal Bergoglio was about the best they could have hoped for.

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Peres tells new Pope: ‘come to Israel’

By Anna Sheinman, March 14, 2013

Peres tells new Pope: ‘come to Israel’

Israeli President Shimon Peres has invited the new pope, Pope Francis, to the Holy Land.

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Obama’s Israel trip may be interrupted by new pope

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The installation of a new pope is planned to take place towards the end of next week, when US President Barack Obama is due to make a 48-hour trip to Israel.

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Papal ties with Jews remain strong

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2013

Leaders of the Catholic Church were flocking to Rome this week for Pope Benedict’s farewell yesterday and the prelude to the secretive process to choose his successor. Many of the cardinals had cancelled previous arrangements.

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