Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo
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Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
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May 23, 1949
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USA
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Nov 24, 2007
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English Cardinal praises Jewish ritual
Dec 11, 2009

An audience of more than 500 Jews and Catholics came together for an early Hanukkah celebration Thursday afternoon and to hear keynote remarks by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

The highest-ranking Catholic leader in Texas, DiNardo spoke of his admiration for the prophet Isaiah and the miraculous story of Hanukkah in which one day’s supply of oil kept burning for eight days during the rededication of the temple in the second century B.C.

DiNardo recalled visits during his childhood in Pittsburgh to a Jewish community where he said he first learned of Jewish rituals such as Hanukkah.

The Hanukkah menorah “is not lit to provide light within a Jewish household or synagogue and temple but rather — I have been told — the light is lit to shine to the outside to manifest,” he said, “and give public witness to the God of the covenant of the Torah, to the remembrance of God’s great deeds for Israel.”

DiNardo, who is head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, was taking part in the eighth annual Joint Catholic-Jewish Hanukkah Commemoration. The menorah is lit by rabbis, priests and Jewish and Catholic lay leaders.

The event, held at San Fernando Cathedral’s AT&T Community Centre, reflects the long friendship between the Jewish and Catholic communities of San Antonio and is believed to be one of a kind in North America.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/79028617.html
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