In this day and age the Pope is not only a religious figure but one with the potential to have great political impact. As far as I know this is a website for an Israeli newspaper so I'd assume that many of the comments as well as this article would be dealing with how the new Pope views Israel as well as his stance of relations with Israel. Therefore, I do not by any means find such comments to be selfish rather they are relevant.
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from the article: New pope seen continuing relations with Israel, Jews