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Fences, Mended

Vatican and Israel make up:

A dispute between Israel and the Vatican over Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on terrorism appears to have been resolved, after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent a letter calling the pontiff "a true friend of Israel," Israel’s ambassador said Friday.

Israel’s top diplomat at the Holy See, Oded Ben Hur, brought the letter Tuesday to the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, in what the envoy called an "amicable and intimate" meeting that signaled that "we definitely see this thing behind us and are looking forward to improving our relationship."

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Gerard E.

posted August 27, 2005 at 9:52 am

Wondderful development. Could have stayed like a storm cloud throughout this Papacy. Probably a matter of a clause unintentionally omitted. Certainly the Pope’s discussions with Jewish leaders during WYD helped. Along with his public statements to the kids about the Jewish people. On with the show.

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posted August 27, 2005 at 11:58 am

“Sharon sent a letter calling the pontiff ‘a true friend of Israel,'”
If only the Vatican could say the same of Israel, truthfully.

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Al DelG

posted August 27, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Yes Ben, I guess we’ll see whether Israel honors the treaty obligations it made with the Holy See regarding the rights of Christians and Christian institutions. Otherwise these are empty words.

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Christopher Fotos

posted August 27, 2005 at 5:15 pm

Good, well done on both sides.

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