Cardinal Timothy Dolan knighted a local Rabbi in New York on Monday, inducting him into the The Pontifical Order of St. Sylvester, Pope and Martyr at the behest of the Pope, local news outlets reported.
The knighthood conferred upon Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a prominent advocate of reconciliation between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, means that he is now part of one of the church's Equestrian Orders, several of which were connected with the Crusades.
The honor, which is rarely bestowed upon non-Catholics, was the Pope's "very tender way of confirming [Schneier] in the good works that he’s done on behalf of religious freedom, international peace and justice," the New York Times quoted Dolan as saying.
"This is a clear message that Pope Francis is continuing rapprochement with the Jewish people," Schneier told CBS.
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