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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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