24 October 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

    » 11/17/2003, 00.00

    Vatican - Israel

    Embarrassing statements made about Pope by Weisel

    Rome (AsiaNews) – Fr. David Maria Jaeger, an Israeli Franciscan from the Holy Land, is embittered by statements made about the pope by Elie Wiesel in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera (Nov. 17 2003). He defined them as "embarrassing" and advised Weisel to "seek forgiveness".

    In his written comment to sent to AsiaNews, the Franciscan priest and spokesman for the Custody of the Holy Land commission said: "The statements against the pope –attributed to Elie Weisel in today's Corriere della Sera –are embarrassing. May he repent and seek forgiveness. Moreover, may she be aware that any anti-Catholic invective must not be any less unacceptable than those aimed at Jews. We, as Catholics and Jews, must join together in combating against prejudice and misinformation, and not one another."

    In his interview appearing in Corriere della Sera, the chief spokesman for Diaspora Jews, Elie Wiesel, criticized the pope's words on the barrier dividing Israelis and Palestinians. "I expected something quite different from the spiritual leader of the one of the world's greatest and most important religions.  Or (at least) a declaration condemning terror and the murdering of innocent people, without mixing in political considerations," she said.

    During Sunday's Angelus, the pope exhorted the making of peace efforts in the Holy Land, recalling that the "construction of a wall between Israelis and Palestinians is seen by many as an obstacle on the road toward living together in peace. Indeed, the Holy Land does not need walls, but bridges!  Without reconciliation of souls, there can be no peace."

    The pope, after having condemned terrorist attempts in Iraq and Turkey, added: "In such a context, I renew my firm condemnation of any recent terrorist action whatsoever in the Holy Land."

    Some days ago (Nov. 10) when meeting with a representative of PLO members, the pontiff affirmed: "All forms of terrorism must be condemned. It is not only a betrayal of our common humanity, but absolutely incapable of serving as any political, moral or spiritual basis for the freedom and self-determination of a populace." (CB)
    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    30/11/2003 Vatican
    Pope urges great world religions to preach non-violence, forgiveness, reconciliation

    27/10/2004 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    Israel's Knesset approves disengagement from Gaza

    30/03/2004 ISRAEL - ISLAM
    "The Koran according to the Jews" sparks Muslim anger

    13/12/2003 Israel - Palestine
    Jerusalem's Grand Mufti says Wailing Wall belongs to Islam

    12/09/2005 israel - palestine
    Triumphant Palestinians take over abandoned Jewish settlements in Gaza

    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®