White smoke at the Vatican, cloudy skies on the horizon for Italian Jews
The choice of the new pope seems to bode well for Jews, based on his past ties with them. Besides, there are other, urgent issues of concern for Italian Jewry − and Israel − stemming from the emergence of a new political power in Rome.
ROME - A slight shiver of apprehension ran through the small group of Jewish leaders and Israeli diplomats who follow Vatican affairs closely as the white smoke rose over the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday evening. The timing of the appearance of the smoke, which signaled that a new