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Friday, November 3, 2023

French Cardinal Lustiger ‘remained Jewish, as did the Apostles’


The connection between the Catholic Church and its Jewish roots was a personal one for Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish Jews and a convert to the Catholic faith, who nonetheless considered himself to be Jewish for his entire life.

Lustiger defended his identity as both a Jew and a Catholic against those who were wary of him as the leader of the Archdiocese of Paris at the end of the 20th century. 

The cardinal was born Aaron Lustiger on Sept. 17, 1926 in Paris. His parents were Polish Jews.

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