Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, not an odds-on favorite among the bookies in Rome or Jerusalem or Las Vegas, was elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church and the 1.2 billion humans who identify as Roman Catholic. He said he would take the name Francis I; it is unclear if he has ever visited the Italian town of Assisi, or if he is named for Saint Francis.
Pope Francis the First, 76, will be the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history. He is a conservative (in terms of Roman Catholics, I am not saying he went to JTS) but he is perceived as a reformer. Bergoglio, the runner-up in the 2005 papal conclave that crowned Pope Benedict XVI, will be the first non-European pope in 1200 years and the first Jesuit to become a pope. He is said to have nearly been named pope but bowed out in favor of Cardinal Ratzinger.
He is known for his humble lifestyle in Argentina. He takes the bus, having given up his car; resides in a simple apartment; and cooks some of his own meals. Bergoglio studied theology and received his doctorate in West Germany in his youth. He is known as a Voice of Conscience for the poor, but was once accused of a lapse during the military dictatorship (but it was an accusation only). Jorge Bergoglio, who received his masters in Chemistry before losing a lung due to an illness and ending his science studies, was born in Buenos Aires; he has four siblings and his father was Italian-born and worked for the railway.
Although the cardinal and new pope fights against abortion and opposes laws that grant equal social rights to homosexuals, he does believe in better relations with followers of Islam, Judaism and other religious and non-religious beliefs (con los judÃos).
In 1994, after the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association was bombed in Buenos Aires he joined with other leaders in condemning the terrorism and called for ways to prevent future violence and hate. Back on January 18, 2005, at the largest papal audience between Jews and Pope John Paul II, Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut said, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was an auxiliary bishop in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, when 86 people were killed and hundreds more injured in an explosion that destroyed a seven-story building housing the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association and the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, was “very concerned with what happened” and very supportive of the Jewish community.
El Congreso JudÃo saluda al Papa Francesco I
Capital Federal – El Congreso JudÃo Latinoamericano saluda al nuevo Papa, Francesco I, hasta ahora cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Arzobispo de Buenos Aires, elegido para ocupar el sillÃ³n de Pedro.
Jack Terpins, presidente del Congreso JudÃo Latinoamericano expresÃ³ que â€œsabemos de la gran importancia de esta designaciÃ³n para el mundo catÃ³lico, que sin dudas tambiÃ©n tiene relevancia entre los judÃos. Confiamos que durante su papado continuarÃ¡ la buena relaciÃ³n y buen entendimiento entre CatÃ³licos y JudÃos, para convertirlo en un ejemplo para la humanidadâ€.
Claudio Epelman, Director de la organizaciÃ³n expresÃ³ que â€œel Congreso Judio Latinoamericano mantiene una estrecha relaciÃ³n con Mons. Jorge Bergoglio desde hace varios aÃ±osâ€. â€œConocemos sus virtudes y no tenemos dudas de que harÃ¡ un gran trabajo frente a la Iglesiaâ€.
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El rabino de la comunidad NCI – Emanu El, Alejandro Avruj, expresÃ³ hoy miÃ©rcoles que â€œpara el pueblo judÃo es un gran noticiaâ€ que el cardenal de la Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio, haya sido designado como el nuevo Papa de la Iglesia CatÃ³lica.
â€œLa verdad que es algo que dentro del corazÃ³n yo imaginaba. La alegrÃa de haber enlazado un tipo de relaciÃ³n con quien hoy es el Papa, en el Ãºltimo tiempo en particular, fue muy profunda y me permitiÃ³ conocer su humildad y su personaâ€, resaltÃ³ Avruj, en declaraciones a la Agencia JudÃa de Noticias.
The rabbi of the NCI – Emanu El spiritual community, Alejandro Avruj, said on Wednesday that “for the Jewish people this is a great news” that the cardinal of Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio, has been appointed as the new Pope the Catholic Church.
“The truth is that this is something that I imagined in my heart. The joy of having a relationship and link with the new Pope who, in recent times in particular, was very deep and allowed me to meet and experience his humility and his person.”
The rabbi said a few months ago, when he was in the temple, Cardinal Bergoglio said with humility that he would not be the next pope when someone asked if he would one day replace Benedict. “But the truth knowing his history, his person and personality and touring with him several times the villas and washing the feet of the faithful of the Villa 21, in the Chapel of CaacupÃ©, is to know the path of a great man,” said the rabbi. Regarding the relationship Bergoglio generated with Argentina’s Jewish community, Avruj described it as “” a man deeply open, very connected and committed to ecumenical and interfaith work. ” He is someone who promotes it and doesnt just wait for it. He insists not only acts and ceremonies that have shared but in the concrete work. I think it has to do with the Jewish community and the Jewish people is great news”