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Israeli envoy hopes for quick accord with Vatican on diplomatic pact

Catholic World News - October 01, 2012

A newly appointed Israeli ambassador to the Vatican has said that he hopes for a quick conclusion of talks leading to a diplomatic accord between his nation and the Holy See.

Zion Evrony, a career diplomat who formally presented his diplomatic credentials to Pope Benedict XVI on September 28, told reporters that he though the successful completion of long-running negotiations would provide a boost for Vatican-Israeli relations. The former Israeli ambassador, Mordechay Lewy, had said that the two sides were “very close” to an agreement when he left his Vatican post in July. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for December.

Israeli officials have frequently expressed optimism about the negotiations, which have continued unsuccessfully since 1993. The talks are aimed at a pact establishing the economic and juridical status of the Church in Israel.

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 01, 2012 6:13 PM ET USA

    Promises, promises, promises.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Oct. 01, 2012 5:22 PM ET USA

    Israel has dragged its feet on this disgracefully for the past 20 years. Let us pray that this ends with a proper recognition of our equal rights to the holy places.

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