Many felt that a new pope would distance himself from Israel and the Jewish people because of the growing conflict between Christianity and Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. The fact that Ratzinger is German will put the Jewish people back into the forefront of Catholic conciousness. He and his predecessor have made some movement in trying to overcome the tragic record of the Church in its relationship with the Jewish people and I expect him to continue this, more than another pope would have done.
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from the article: New pope seen continuing relations with Israel, Jews