Archbishop of Paris steps down after 24 years

11th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 11 (AFP) - France's senior churchman - the Jewish-born cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger - stepped down as archbishop of Paris Friday after 24 years.

PARIS, Feb 11 (AFP) - France's senior churchman - the Jewish-born cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger - stepped down as archbishop of Paris Friday after 24 years.

Pope John-Paul II named as his successor the 62-year-old archbishop of Tours, Andre Vingt-Trois. A Vatican statement said he had accepted Lustiger's resignation for reasons of age.

Lustiger, 78, was born in Paris to a family of Polish Jews and was originally named Aaron. He underwent a conversion in the cathedral of Orleans in 1940 and was received into the Church later that year. His mother was deported and killed at Auschwitz.

Known for his close links with Pope John-Paul, he was made archbishop of Paris in 1981 and a cardinal two years later.

Vingt-Trois, who served with Lustiger for 18 years as a priest and auxiliary bishop in Paris, will be enthroned in a ceremony at Notre Dame cathedral on March 5, the conference of French bishops said.

President of a church commission on the family, Vingt-Trois last month called on the French to "break the silence" on abortion, on the 30th anniversary of the law legalising the practice.

© AFP

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