Vatican City, Jul 25, 2005 / 22:00 pm
The Vatican reacted yesterday to harsh criticism from Israel over a claim that they were deliberately ignored by the Pope during a brief listing of nations that experienced recent terrorist attacks during Sunday’s Angelus--a claim that the Vatican called unfounded.
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office Director said that, "Concerning the Israeli reaction to the fact that the Holy Father, in his Angelus of Sunday July 24, did not also mention Israel alongside other countries, it should be noted that Benedict XVI's words specifically referred to the attacks of 'these days.'“
A bombing in the Israeli city of Netanya, to which the government referred, happened 12 days ago while those mentioned by the Pope had occurred within the past 72 hours.
"It is surprising”, Navarro-Valls continued, “that the Holy Father's intention should have been thus groundlessly misinterpreted, it being well known that in numerous interventions the Church, the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs, and most recently Pope Benedict XVI, have condemned all forms of terrorism, from whatever side it comes and against whomsoever it is directed.”