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Sir Sigmund Sternberg, a Hungarian-born businessman who settled in London in 1939, was a tireless force for interfaith dialogue over five decades.

His quiet diplomacy played a critical role in relocating a Carmelite convent at Auschwitz in 1993, helping to organize the first papal visit to a synagogue in 1986, cultivating links which led to the recognition of the State of Israel by the Holy See in 1993, and promoting better relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

"It is time for religion to come out of the church, the synagogue, the mosque, the temple and to create bonds between people which ... if harnessed, could contribute to the creation of caring societies as nothing else could."