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Letters: Pope Francis' messages resonate

Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate

Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates during a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. (March 28, 2013) Credit: AP

Newsday reports on a book, "Healing from Corruption," by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in which he describes the corrupted heart ["Books by pope released," News, March 27]. One person is quoted saying that the book seems tailored to the frustrations of Italians who are disappointed by their politicians -- some of whom are accused of colluding with the Mafia.

We are similarly frustrated and disappointed by the Washington crowd, which has been obviously corrupted by accepting lucre from the National Rifle Association.

Ben Calderone, Levittown

Muslims of Long Island hope the election of Pope Francis will improve Muslim-Catholic relations and make the world a better place in general. We were very pleased when he praised the friendship of "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during this holiday season.

This new Jesuit pope from Latin America is a breath of fresh air. His apparent humility, simplicity and kindness have not been seen in the recent past among religious leaders of the world. The Vatican has a solid leader and we wish him all the best.

Seemi and Habeeb Ahmed, Westbury

Editor's note: The writers represent the Islamic Center of Long Island.