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VATICAN – ISRAEL
Olmert to tell Pope about Israel’s high regard for Catholic Church, says Israeli diplomat
Israel’s ambassador to Holy See tells AsiaNews PM’s visit to Benedict XVI and Secretary of State is important as bilateral talks between Israel and Holy See resume in Jerusalem. The Cenacle on Mt Zion and holy sites around the Sea of Galilee remain sticking points.
18/12/2008 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Holy See-Israel delegation speeds up work ahead of pope's visit to Holy Land
The next round of meetings has been scheduled: four in just three months, after years of inaction. The date of the plenary assembly has been moved up, and everything will be completed before May of 2009, when Benedict XVI is expected to arrive in the Holy Land.
13/12/2006 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Holy See-Israel: painstaking resumption of negotiations
An interview-analysis with Oded Ben Hur, Israeli ambassador to the Vatican on the reasons for delays and difficulties. At the root of it all is Israel’s refusal to recognize that the Fundamental Agreement is an international treaty.
14/03/2006 Vatican - holy land
Vatican: "Presence of Christians in the Holy Land, fundamental for peace"
In a letter addressed to Catholic bishops worldwide for the traditional "pro Terra Sancta" collection, Cardinal Moussa I Daoud writes of an area which has been "the scene of decades-long conflict" and which is causing the "disturbing phenomenon" of the exodus of Christians.
16/05/2009 VATICAN – HOLY LAND
Pope in Holy Land where fear breeds criticism
Extremists from all sides find fault in Benedict XVI’s visit, which goes to show that his words in favour of dialogue and tolerance have hit their mark. On the plane taking him back to Rome he says it is easier to see the difficulties facing peace, but nothing is more visible than the desire for peace.
11/05/2009 VATICAN – ISRAEL
Holocaust can never be denied, belittled or forgotten, Pope says
In a direct approach Benedict XVI addresses issues sensitive to Israel in an apparent attempt to meet expectations raised by his presence in the country.
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