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Keys to the conclave: How will the new pope influence Catholic-Jewish relations?

Cardinals attend the Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass

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Whatever else may be riding on the outcome of this conclave, the important gains in Catholic-Jewish relations that the past two popes achieved—brilliantly and theatrically in the case of John Paul II and more quietly and steadily under Benedict XVI—are not in danger.

Given the painful history of two millennia, it’s one of the good news non-stories of the conclave. There’s no cardinal in the...

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Keys to the conclave: Making sense of the papal election as the doors to the Sistine Chapel shut

Cardinals, in red, attend a Mass for the

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Now that the doors to the Sistine Chapel are closed and the actual voting process has begun, everybody who isn’t one of the 115 electors in the Sistine Chapel now has exactly one source as to what’s happening inside: a newly installed chimney on the roof. Nothing you hear from now on will be factual, until French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran steps out on a balcony and announces: “Habemus papam,” Latin...

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Cartoon: Cardinal Timothy Dolan for pope

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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