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Death of Cardinal Lustiger

posted on 07 August 2007

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has paid tribute to Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger, who died on Sunday 5th August 2007, aged 80.

In a letter to Most Rev Andr Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: 'I write to express my sincere condolences to you and to the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Paris at the sad news of the death of Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger. I pray that this most dedicated of shepherds will be welcomed into the arms of the Good Shepherd.

'It has been my privilege work closely with Cardinal Lustiger over many years as a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture. I have admired his zeal for the unceasing proclamation of the Gospel to contemporary humanity.'

'I remember his gracious hosting of the World Youth Day in 1997 and then his kind invitation during the summer of 2004 to attend, with the Archbishops of Washington, Berlin, Moscow and Ottawa, the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Paris at the end of the Second World War. That moment of remembrance, peace and above all reconciliation was the hallmark of a devoted pastor and a man of deep personal faith.'

'With my fellow Bishops of England and Wales,' continued Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, 'I assure you of our prayers to our loving Father for his eternal rest. We pray also for the consolation of his family, his brothers in the French episcopate and the people, religious and clergy of the Dioceses of Paris and Orleans.'

Cardianl Lustiger became a Catholic at 14 during the Second World War and was the only Jewish convert to Roman Catholicism to become a French bishop in modern times.

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posted on 07 August 2007

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