Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

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Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio greets Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Dec. 19, 2007).  Photo courtesy the office of the President of Argentina via Wikimedia Commons (

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio greets Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Dec. 19, 2007). Photo courtesy the office of the President of Argentina via Wikimedia Commons (

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(RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina -- the deadliest bombing in the country's history.

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  • Southern Baptist

    The Jews have denied their Messiah for 2,000 years thus loosing their place as the “Chosen People” so why should they care about the man called “pope”?

  • Southern Baptist

    I respect the new pope because he rejected the UNGODLY luxury lifestyle that most big-shot Catholics live (fancy mansions and limos) and lived a REAL godly life!

    The luxury in the Catholic leadership is SATANIC while people starve.


  • frequentwind

    Because we recognize that supercessionist views like yours helped fuel anti-Semitism in the Christian world for 1,900 years. A pope friendly to the Jews is good for the Jews, period.

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  • Chair of the New York Board of Rabbis Holocaust Education Committee, Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg has produced a PDF Holocaust Siddur and Haggadah that can be downloaded for free. The 140-page Siddur is available at The 66-page Haggadah is at

    A prayer book, the Siddur includes a full traditional evening service for Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, in Hebrew and in English translations. Also included is an appendix with four suggested sample interfaith community programs and a large selection of readings, poetry, essays and other materials to help synagogues and community groups create their own programs. In Hebrew and English, the Hagaddah features essays, songs, and numerous explanations for a Holocaust Seder. Both were produced in honor of Rosenberg’s Holocaust survivor parents, Jacob and Rachel, as well as many family members who perished at the hands of the Nazis. I pray for the health and success of the new POPE.

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    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. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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