New York - Rabbi Arthur Schneier, senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue and the founder and president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, will bee awarded Papal Knighthood, as a Knight of St. Sylvester by Pope Francis.
Schneier will officially be awarded the Papal Knighthood Monday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Official Residence of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is slated to be present.
“Pope Francis is bestowing the honor on Rabbi Arthur Schneier who has worked unceasingly to promote peace and mutual understanding, in the firm conviction that respect for fundamental human rights, including religious freedom, are indispensable values for all peoples of the world to enjoy peace, security and shared prosperity. A Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Schneier has always held this conviction in his heart and made it a principle of life,” said Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.
Born in Vienna in 1930, Schneier survived the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, and arrived in the U.S. in 1947. Since 1962, Schneier has been the senior rabbi of the 125-year old Park East Synagogue, one of New York City’s historic landmark houses of worship. He founded the Appeal of Conscience Foundation in 1965.
Schneier was awarded the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal for his service as an international envoy for four administrations, devoting a lifetime to overcoming the forces of hatred and intolerance by encouraging interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding and promoting the cause of religious freedom around the world.
Why is this knight different from all other knights?
(sorry. I could not help myself)