Hindus have congratulated Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as the 266th Pope and expressed hope that he will be more open to reforms and promote interfaith dialogue.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, expressed hope that Pope Francis would intensify the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts at interfaith dialogue and creating harmony among world’s diverse religions; be more open to reforms; and bring transparency, maturity, accountability and modernization to Church.
Mr. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged the new Pope to come up with a detailed worldwide White Paper on the global child abuse scandal engulfing the Church.
Mr. Zed suggested that new Pope should dedicate himself do defending human rights, helping the helpless, charitable projects, human improvement, ecological responsibility, etc.
The new Pope should also seriously take-up the issue of apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) of Europe, whose traces in Europe went as far back as ninth century CE, Mr. Zed stated.