The Five Towns welcomes new pope
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Pope Francis’s empathy for the poor could infuse the Catholic Church with a fresh perspective, according to Mendoza. “He is more in tune with average people, which is what the pope really needs,” said, Mendoza, who thinks the Church is focused too much on the past and needs to focus on love, understanding and caring. “Lots of popes are not in touch with the commoners.”
In his capacity as secretary general of the North American Board of Rabbis, an organization he founded to create greater understanding between the American Jewish community, foreign Jewish communities and governments, Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, of Temple Israel in Lawrence, met the former Cardinal Bergoglio on several occasions.
Rabbi Rosenbaum said that Pope Francis is friendly and charming, and demonstrated his openness by offering a prayer that the youngest Catholic child could recite the first time he addressed the masses as pope. “He is man of dialogue and at the same time formidable intellect and a priest of the people with a sense of humility, outreach and inclusiveness. Leaders of world Jewry can work with him.”