Cardinal Egan Will Be Remembered For His “Steadfast Interfaith Efforts,” ADL Says

New York, NY, March 5, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a friend to the Jewish community and a significant figure in the realm of interfaith affairs.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We note with sorrow the passing of Cardinal Edward Egan who will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Church and steadfast interfaith efforts.

Shortly after the declaration of Nostra Aetate, the Cardinal organized the archdiocese new office for ecumenical and interreligious engagement, and during his tenure as archbishop of New York, he demonstrated a continued commitment to interfaith relations. When the Cardinal was named head of the New York Archdiocese, we expressed hope that he would foster harmony among the diverse religious groups of New York -- he did just that.

Cardinal Egan was a loyal friend of the Jewish community and his presence will surely be missed.

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