» 12/16/2009, 00.00
ISRAEL - VATICAN
More Jewish anti-Christian graffiti at the Cenacle
“We killed Jesus” and “Christians out”, extremists write. Urinating on the door has become an almost daily event. Graffiti are linked to a statement made by an Israeli deputy ministry claiming that the Vatican wants to claim sovereignty on Mount Zion.
12/05/2009 VATICAN – ISRAEL
May Jerusalem become a city of peace, open to all
Benedict XVI celebrates his first public Mass in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, beneath the Mount of Olive. Believers in the one God should promote a culture of openness and reconciliation. Christians in the Holy Land, who have suffered for many reasons, should keep alive the hope that comes from the Gospel.
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Cowardly acts against Christians, education against intolerance, says vicar for Jerusalem
Mgr Shomali condemns the desecration of the Basilica of the Dormition. Insulting graffiti and the drawing of a bloody sword cover the building’s doors and walls. After two years, the police has failed to install promised cameras. For the prelate, education is needed to fight extremism.
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Two teens arrested in Dormition attack, for Mgr Shomali, education is key against intolerance
Police arrested two youths, aged 15 and 16, in connection with the act of desecration. For the vicar of Jerusalem, the speed of the investigation by Israeli authorities was “a good thing.” Dialogue and education are needed to counter extremism. Reforms must start with schools and textbooks. Bethlehem’s Catholic University offers a course on interfaith dialogue with Christians and Muslims.
12/05/2009 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Catholics still waiting for the return of the Cenacle, Father Jaeger says
The Israeli Franciscan stresses that the Custody of the Holy Land and the Church still want the return of the holy place. In 2000 media reports had raised hope that Israel might be willing to return the Cenacle to John Paul II but nothing has happened so far. Ownership remains an issue in search of a solution.
19/02/2009 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Hope for a conclusion in Holy See-Israel talks before Pope's arrival in Holy Land
The Bilateral Commission met yesterday. The joint communiqué speaks of “progress” towards an agreement in the making since 1999.
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