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  • Jerusalem fifty years after the Six Day War

    Jerusalem fifty years after the Six Day War

    In the 50 years since Israel took control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, the Vatican has continued to call for a special “international statute” to protect the special status of Jerusalem. The holy city is just that, holy to all history, and while it can serve as the eternal capital of the Jewish people, it cannot only be that.

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  • People around the globe stop for a minute of prayer for peace

    People around the globe stop for a minute of prayer for peace

    The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and popstar Miley Cyrus were just some of the people who stopped for a minute of prayer for peace on Thursday. The initiative – promoted by Pope Francis – marked the anniversary of the meeting of Pope Francis, the late Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican Gardens.

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  • Vatican should help build bridges between Israel and its neighbors

    Vatican should help build bridges between Israel and its neighbors

    Sixteen Muslim countries – Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen – simply forbid Israeli passport holders entry. Period. There is little Vatican diplomacy could do to reverse the general ban on Israel at the border, but there might be small practical steps that might be proposed; some exceptions to the rule which might open a path toward future reform.

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