The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II.

Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first South American and first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives in order to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust.

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