Sundown: The Conclave Picks a New Pope
Plus is the new pope good for the Jews?
• Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the replace Benedict XVI at the papal conclave in Rome today. Bergoglio, who is a Jesuit, will go by the name Pope Francis. [NYT]
• In early sketches, Pope Francis has been portrayed as a warm, modest, conservative man with a history of good relations with the Jewish community of Argentina. [JTA]
• Due to the timing of his visit, President Obama’s diet may be restricted to Passover food during his stay in Israel. [JTA]
• The final count for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition: 4 parties, 68 seats, 6 weeks of haggling, countless obstacles ahead. [ToI]
• Did you know that singer Annie Lennox has a half-Israeli daughter who is a model? Jewcy did. [Jewcy]
Dinner with Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw on president’s Israel itinerary
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