LEON KLENICKI, 78
Rabbi, interfaith dialogue advocate
Rabbi Leon Klenicki, an advocate for improving interfaith relations whose efforts were lauded by Pope Benedict XVI, died of cancer Jan. 25 at his Monroe Township, N.J., home, his wife, Myra, said Saturday.
Rabbi Klenicki wrote or co-wrote numerous books and papers aimed at improving relations between Jews and Catholics, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the organization Rabbi Klenicki served for more than 30 years.
In 2007, he was made a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI.