Pope Francis Just Made New York's Rabbi Arthur Schneier A Papal Knight

04/28/2015 11:36 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015
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NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood.

Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for his work on behalf of religious freedom and international peace.

The Wall Street Journal ( says Schneier was knighted and made a member of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester at a Manhattan ceremony. Previous luminaries who have held the title include comedian Bob Hope and industrialist Oskar Schindler.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the recognition was Pope Francis' "touching and tender way of confirming" Schneier's good works.

During his career, the 84-year-old Holocaust survivor campaigned for greater religious freedom and tolerance. He also built ties between Jews and Roman Catholics after World War II.

Schneier has been affiliated with Park East Synagogue since 1962.

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