22 January 2018
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Holy See - Israel: 10 years later, the problems still to be resolved


13/09/2004
Interior Minister Poraz to visit Vatican tomorrow

Taxes on Church properties in the Holy Land will be on the discussion table.


10/09/2004
Holy See – Israel : "positive" meetings, but with a few obstacles
Monsignor Sambi "Remarkable progress but difficulties persist".  Negotiations adjourned to October

06/09/2004
Guarded optimism about the resumption of negotiations

Statements by Mg Pietro Sambi, Apostolic delegate to Jerusalem, and Oded Ben Hur, Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.


03/09/2004
American influence on the Vatican-Israel dialogue

An interview with Fr. David M. Jaeger on what Israeli newspaper Haaretz has called "a success of Vatican diplomacy".


22/07/2004
Visa denied to African and Asian priests

Discrimination stems from fear they might become illegal immigrants in Israel


08/07/2004
By 2004, full relations between Israel and Vatican: ambassador gives his word

In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews, His Excellency Oded Ben Hur explains the reasons for his optimism


24/03/2004
Franciscans and other religious treated like illegal immigrants
For the first time in over 50 years, Israel's government has refused to renew visas belonging to some one hundred nuns, priests and other religious. Now the  Holy Land Custodian Spokesman is appealing to Churches around the world for moral and legal support. 

09/03/2004
Israel – Holy See: no apparent fruit after 10 years of diplomatic relations
Fr. David Jaeger, expert in Israel-Holy See agreements, says 10 years ago the Church took a courageous step in initiating diplomatic relations with Israel. Now Israel must show the same courage in returning to the bargaining table.



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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