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He also has a reputation of outreach to other faith groups as well. Besides his close friendships with non-Catholics, he has also supported the Jewish community in Argentina, Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee said in a statement.

“We look forward to continued close collaboration with the Catholic Church under his leadership,” Mr. Rosen said.

Said Father Dianda: “My hope is that he brings openness. I will be interested in seeing people’s reaction on Sunday.”