US Jewish magazine honours Pope Francis

A US-based Jewish magazine, Forward, has named Pope Francis in a top 50 list of influential personalities for 2013.

Along with its annual offering of the most influential Jewish Americans of the year, Forward name-checks the Pontiff for note due to his positive relations with the Jewish community.

After eight months as head of the worldís 1 billion Roman Catholics (not to mention 10 million Twitter followers), the new Pontiff – the first from outside Europe – has made improving relations with the Jewish world a key goal. The only book he has penned is an extraordinary dialogue with a rabbi who had become fast friends with then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in their native Argentina."