Cardinal Grzegorz Ryś was honored with the “Menorah of Dialogue” – an award granted as part of the celebration of the XXVII Day of Judaism. The award ceremony took place on Thursday at the Lubrański Academy in Ostrów Tumski in Poznań.
Metropolitan of Łódź, Cardinal Grzegorz Ryś received the “Menorah of Dialogue” on Thursday in Poznań – an award “for bringing people, cultures, religions and nations closer together.” The ceremony took place as part of the celebration of the XXVII Day of Judaism.
Receiving the award, the cardinal emphasized that he felt honored to join the group of such outstanding winners of this distinction.
Referring to the words of laudation given to the laureate by Sister Anna Bodzińska NDS from Rome and Rabbi Dawid Szychowski from the Jewish Community in Łódź, Cardinal Ryś said that he “is confident that he is not doing anything extraordinary.”
– I am absolutely certain that I am trying to be a priest who is obedient to the Catholic Church. He obeys his shepherds. I try to read on a regular basis, ever since I became aware of Pope Paul VI, John Paul IIBenedict XVI, Francis – he said.
– I just really try to follow Piotr as much as I can. There is nothing extraordinary about it. I think this is the duty of every Catholic priest, and the menorah is due for this reason to the Holy Spirit, whom I am convinced leads the Church, and that it is our beautiful duty and honor to obey him – he added.
“Menorah of Dialogue” and the celebration of the XXVII Day of Judaism
The award ceremony took place on Thursday at the Lubrański Academy in Ostrów Tumski in Poznań. The “Menorah of Dialogue” award is granted by the Coexist association and the Signum Foundation.
The celebration of the 27th Day of Judaism took place in Poznań from January 11. This year’s event – under the slogan “Shalom/Peace – God’s Gift” – included talks, prayers, concerts and theater meetings aimed at building bridges between cultures, religions and nations, as well as creating space for dialogue.
The Day of Judaism was established in 1997 by the Polish Episcopal Conference. It is celebrated annually on January 17 – on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
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