ADL welcomed the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the next Pope Francis. Under his leadership in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio made important strides in maintaining positive Catholic-Jewish relations and maintained a close relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina.
"The Saint for Shalom" brings together the complete texts, in their official English translation, of Pope John Paul II's writings, letters, speeches and statements on Jews, Judaism and the State of Israel from the beginning of his papacy in 1979 to his death in 2005.
ADL expressed great appreciation and wishes of good health for Pope Benedict XVI following his stunning announcement that he will retire on February 28 – the first pope to retire in office in 600 years.
ADL decried the defacing of the Monastery of the Cross and the Hand-in-Hand Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem.