Loading
Israeli ambassador says relations between Vatican and Israel on a new path

.- The Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, Obed Ben Hur, has confirmed to CNA that a true “change of direction” has occurred in the relations between his country and the Holy See and that Israel intends to work together with Catholics.

In response to an inquiry about the news yesterday that the Catholic Church would be granted custody of the Upper Room, Ben Hur told CNA that this change of direction is taking place “not only in regards to the Upper Room” but also in order to “collaborate more extensively with the Catholic world.”

According to Ben Hur, his country is awaiting the return of the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel in order to continue discussions and perhaps reach an agreement before the end of the year.

Ben Hur said several informal meetings with Vatican officials have already taken place and that last week negotiations were restarted about “objective problems, such as security issues caused by the conflict with the Arab world.”

He blamed the security issues on the problem of visas for church officials in Israel.  Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that steps forward have been taken with the latest negotiations and that the atmosphere is good and the perspectives positive.

 Ben Hur said his country has begun to understand the importance of collaborating with the Catholic world, which, he said, can no longer be ignored.  “What I am going to say now is very significant and of great importance:  The Hebrew world and the Christian world, in particular the Catholic world, are natural allies that must work together,” he indicated.

The Holy See has not confirmed nor denied the reports on the transfer of custody of the Upper Room and although the Vatican Press Office says that for the moment no official statement on the issue is forthcoming, it did confirm the resumption of the discussions mentioned by Ben Hur.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: