Nathan Guttman, editor Jewish Daily Forward, on September 18, welcomed Pope Francis’ visit to United States, by saying: “Through his official statements and his personal gestures, Francis has come to be viewed by many in Jewish community as among the friendliest pope they have ever seen. During the two years of his papacy, Jews have been impressed by, among other things, his strong stance against anti-Semitism, his more flexible approach to some social and political issues on which most Jews take a liberal stand and even by his close Jewish friends.”
Jonathan Greenblat national director of Israel lobby Defamation League issued a statement on September 22: “Pope Francis is someone whom the Jewish community has admired and considered a friend a partner for years.”
Francis gave a private audience to Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Vatican on April 30, 2013.
Since most of Jewish leaders in the past and now have been atheists, Francis decided to bless that cult too. In a long open letter to Eugenio Scalfari, founder of La Repubblica, he stated that non-believers will be forgiven by God if they follow their consciences.
In response to Scalfari question: “Does God of Christians will forgive those who don’t believe in him?” – Francis said that God’s mercy has no limit if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who don’t believe in God, is to obey their conscience.
I don’t pretend to be a Christian scholar like Francis, but I do know that Bible calls God jealous and vengful against his foes over dozens of places.
Contrary to Bible, Allah (swt) describes Himself in Holy Qur’an as Beneficient and Merciful. He also says that as the Creator, He is Sustainer of all His creations on planet whether they (humans) believe in Him or not. However, He warns that each human will be judged based on his/her belief in Him and his/her actions on the planet. As Merciful, He might forgive sinners as long as they didn’t share His powers with someone else.
It seems, Francis has the best Zionist teachers. In 2013, Francis had proclaimed: There is no Salvation outside the Church.
On December 12, 2013, Sonali Kolhatkar, in an article published at Truthdig called Francis, a hypocrite.
Finally, a reminder for Pope Francis from one of 1.1 billion Catholic sheep, Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst: “I, for one, hope Pope Francis remembers that Jesus was kind of prophet who ruffled feathers, big time, on issue of justice; and that, had he danced away from that imperative, he might had lived a long life, dying a polite Rabbi in his bed.”