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.