Catholic and Jewish mourners have gathered for the funeral of the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger.

Friday's service was held in Paris at the Notre Dame Cathedral and began with a Jewish prayer. His coffin was then carried inside the cathedral to be placed in a crypt.

Lustiger, who was born to Jewish parents before converting to Catholicism, had requested that his funeral include both faiths.

The cardinal was known for his work promoting greater understanding between Catholics and Jews.

He died on Sunday at the age of 80.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy interrupted his vacation in the United States to attend the funeral. He heads back to the U.S. Friday for a meeting with U.S. President George Bush.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.