The Jewish-Zionist Papal candidate
[Highlights below in red, added by Radio Islam]
Jean-Marie Lustiger, by many sources considered to be the next Christian Pope - after John Paul II - is of 100% Jewish decent.
In the magazine The Jewish Week, Internet Edition (01/23/2004), one can read an article by Debra Nussbaum Cohen on a major Catholic-Jewish meeting, where Lustiger - Archbishop of Paris - was one of the main participants:"[...] Jean-Marie Lustiger, cardinal of Paris, who was born a Jew and converted to Catholicism at age 14, just after the war. Cardinal Lustiger - born Aharon Dov - is one of the Popes closest confidants, and would be considered a leading candidate to succeed him but for his age. He is in his late 70s.
Cardinal Lustigers mother was one of thousands of French Jews deported to German concentration camps. She was murdered at Auschwitz. Cardinal Lustiger, who apparently still considers himself Jewish in some respects, goes to the death camp each year to recite the memorial prayer Kaddish and has signed letters to Jews with his Hebrew name.
At lunch on the first day of the conference, Cardinal Lustiger bantered in Yiddish with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the noted Lubavitch writer and teacher of chasidic philosophy and translator of the Talmud."
The Jewish Week, Internet Edition (02/14/2003), in an article even calls Lustiger "The Jewish cardinal from Paris".
On a visit to Australia, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger was quoted in The Weekend Australian, 4-5 August 2001, p. 9:"I was born Jewish and so I remain, even if that's unacceptable for many. [...] For me, the vocation of Israel is bringing light to the goyim. That's my hope and I believe that Christianity is the means for achieving it."
Here Lustiger reveals himself admitting that for him Christianity is just a means to mobilize support for the Jewish State of Israel.
Jean-Marie Lustiger is also personal friend of the Zionist french Rabbi, Rene-Samuel Sirat.
In his speech at the 1998 Nostra Aetate Awards and Lecture Lustiger told the audiance:"In addition, I wish to thank you all for caring to give me the Nostra Aetate Award by associating me with Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat, to whom I feel so close in respect and friendship. His presence here adds to the honor you are doing me. Your selection touches me more than you can imagine. May the Almighty bless your work and efforts."
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Israeli Ambassador Shmuel Sisso (center) and John Cardinal O'Connor speak at Cardinal O'Connor's residence.
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger and Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat embrace at the 1998 Nostra Aetate Awards Ceremony and Lecture.
On Lustiger's death The Washington Post, August 6, 2007, wrote in its orbituary:
"He was seen as a strong supporter of dialogue among religions and sought vigorously to maintain his ties to Judaism. [...]
In what was said to be one of the few times he dealt publicly at length with his religious conversion, he told editors of an Israeli newspaper that his parents were upset. He said he told them, "I am not leaving you. I am not passing into the enemy camp. I'm becoming what I am. I am not stopping being a Jew -- just the opposite. I'm discovering a way of living it." [...] In 1981, Cardinal Lustiger was made archbishop of Paris.
Two days after being named, in an interview with a reporter for a Jewish news service, quoted in Current Biography, Cardinal Lustiger said: "I've always considered myself a Jew, even if that's not the opinion of some rabbis."