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First little mystery of Lopez-Cantera era: What's his religion?


One of the very first things some voters will want to know about Florida's new lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, is his religion and whether and where he and his family attend church.

Is he Catholic? Is he Jewish?

Is he both?

Lopez-Cantera's wife Renee and his mother are Jewish and his father is Catholic.

At the family home in Coral Gables, they display a mezuzah, a sacred parchment scroll that contains Hebrew scripture. Renee Lopez-Cantera has a web page that details her charitable giving work with the Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida.

In his official state House biography in 2010, Lopez-Cantera listed Catholic as his religion. In a more recent Clerk's Manual in 2012, he listed no religious affiliation.

At his announcement with Gov. Rick Scott in downtown Miami Tuesday, the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo asked Lopez-Cantera his religion. His reply: "I'd rather not be defined that way ... We're very spiritual."