Pope Francis lauded for interfaith dialogue

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In this Dec. 12, 2012 picture provided by the NCI-Emanue El, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, right, lights the Janukia during Hanukkah celebrations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, At left is Rabbi Sergio Bergman, and at right is Rabbi Alejandro Avruj, of the NCI-Emanu El congregation. The Jewish community in Argentina, the largest in Latin America, is thrilled with the new pope Francis, known for his excellent relationship with the Jewish community. Experts believe that Bergoglio, who took the name Francis as pope, will be an example of inter-religious relations. (AP Photo/NCI-Emanu El)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The election of Pope Francis has thrilled Jewish leaders in Argentina, who predict that their friend will continue to foster warm relations and open dialogue between Catholicism and other faiths during his pontificate.