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Cardinal Cassidy given Jewish interreligious award

The American Jewish Committee last week honoured Australian Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy with its Isaiah Interreligious Award during its 95th annual meeting in Washington.

Cardinal Cassidy, who recently retired after 11 years as president of both the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and its Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, is only the fifth religious leader to receive the award.

The cardinal "has been exceptionally responsive to Jewish needs and concerns, and yet he has remained faithful to his own spiritual tradition," said Rabbi A. James Rudin in presenting the award.

He said Cardinal Cassidy took up his Vatican posts at a time when "Catholic-Jewish relations were at their nadir" and played a major role in moving those relations forward "on many significant fronts".