ADL Mourns the Passing of Cardinal Francis George

Chicago, IL, April 17, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Cardinal Francis George, who passed away in his native Chicago today after a long career of service to the Church as archbishop of Chicago and as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, and Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We express our condolences to the Catholic community in Chicago and to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the passing of Cardinal George.

He was a devoted friend to the Jewish people who was deeply committed to the new relationship between the Church and the Jews that began with the Second Vatican Council and Nostra Aetate.

Cardinal George’s leadership and friendship has contributed to that deepening of relationship he so valued. May his memory be a blessing to both of our communities.

Speaking to the Jewish community of Chicago in the Fall of 2014, Cardinal George stressed the significance of a “new narrative of Catholic-Jewish relations” and expressed hope in the two communities maintaining close ties.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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