About Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal
Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger (17 September 1926 – 5 August 2007) was a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Paris from 1981 until his resignation in 2005.
Lustiger was born in Paris. One of his grandparents had been a rabbi in Poland, but his Polish-born parents were not practising Jews. Source His parents, Charles and Gisèle Lustiger, were Ashkenazi Jews from Będzin, Poland, and had left Poland around World War. . . . Continued
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1. Winner: Grand Prix to Best French TV Drama Festival de Luchon --Festival de Luchon --Festival de Luchon
2. Nominated Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor Festival de Monte Carlo -Festival de Monte Carlo --Festival de Monte Carlo
3. Official Selection Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels --International de Programmes Audiovisuels
The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and joining the priesthood. Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew. When nuns plan to build a convent within the walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger may be forced at last to choose his side. Movie
Jean-Marie was born in 1927 in Paris, but he often visited Poland to see what had been described to him by his parents. Finally, he came to Poland to discover Bedzin on his own with his cousin Arno Lustiger in 1992. They visited the old synagogue and ghetto. In 1997 Lustiger was made an honorary citizen of Bedzin.
“I was born Jewish. I received the name of my paternal grandfather [a Yiddish-speaking rabbi in Silicia], Aaron. Lustiger remembered his father telling him as a child that they were Levi’im and that they had a responsibility. Source
Lustiger died on August 5, 2007, at age 80. He wrote his own epitaph:
I WAS BORN JEWISH
I RECEIVED THE NAME
OF MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER, AARON
HAVING BECOME CHRISTIAN
BY FAITH AND BY BAPTISM,
I HAVE REMAINED JEWISH
AS DID THE APOSTLES
I HAVE AS MY PATRON SAINTS
AARON THE HIGH PRIEST
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
HOLY MARY FULL OF GRACE.
NAMED 139TH ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS
BY HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
I WAS ENTHRONED IN THIS CATHEDRAL
ON 27 FEBRUARY 1981
AND HERE I EXERCISED MY ENTIRE MINISTERY
PASSERS-BY PRAY FOR ME.” Source
Lustiger taught himself Hebrew in readiness for his aliyah, or formal return to Israel. Every detail of his funeral, with its two rites, he carefully arranged himself.
Then he wrote his epitaph: "I was born Jewish. I received the name of my paternal grandfather, Aaron. Having become Christian by faith and baptism, I have remained Jewish. As did the Apostles." Source