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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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