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Historic Precedent for a Converted Jew Becoming a Cardinal

February 4, 1981
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— Catholic sources here recalled today that there is only one other known instance, besides that of Msgr. Jean-Marie Lustiger, of a converted Jew becoming Archbishop with the rank of Cardinal. Lustiger, a converted Jew who was yesterday appointed Archbishop of Paris, will be officially elevated to the rank of Cardinal at the next Consistory presided by Pope John Paul II.

The Catholic church has had several Cardinals of Jewish origin but only one other, Cardinal Pietro Pierleoni, who was born a Jew and later became a Catholic convert. Pierleoni was baptized when he was 14, just like Lustiger, and appointed Cardinal by Pope Honorius II in 1106.

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