Words of the holy father Pope Benedict XVI (read by his representative) on the occasion of presenting the honour of Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Sylvester (KCSS), 2009

My Dear David, what can I say – here stands a Galileo. I have know you for many years when the late holy father Pope John Paul II of blessed memory created you a Knight of St Sylvester. I said of you at that time, if you remember, that you had in one person the great wisdom of 3 religious leaders: a Chief Rabbi, a Cardinal and a Grand Mufti. This was true then and it’s true today.

Words of the holy father Pope Benedict XVI (read by his representative) on the occasion of presenting the honour of Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Sylvester (KCSS), 2009