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 (

Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

(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.

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday (March 13) in Vatican City. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Bergoglio: A pope of paradox for a church in transition

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where the troubled church is headed chose on Wednesday (March 13) the first member of the influential Jesuit order to be the next pope. Yet they also chose a humble man who lives simply and took the name Francis (also a first) that evokes the founder of another great religious order.