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Vatican's UN spokesman: spare no effort to re-start Israeli-Palestinian talks

November 08, 2013

Speaking on November 7 to a UN session in New York, the Vatican’s permanent observer said that international leaders should “spare no effort in facilitating negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

The goal of such talks, said Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, should be “to to secure through negotiation and reasonable compromise two viable and stable states which give each of the parties independent and secure states for their peoples.”

Archbishop Chullikatt made his remarks in an address to a session on the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). He pointed out that the Catholic Church has a special interest in the plight of Palestinians because of the “ever- shrinking presence of traditional Christian communities in the very birthplace of Christianity.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 08, 2013 6:01 PM ET USA

    The Vatican's Observer seems a little confused, except for that the "...Church has a special interest in the plight of Palestinians because of the “ever- shrinking presence of traditional Christian communities in the very birthplace of Christianity.” Christianity's shrinking presence in the are is due to the Palestinians pushing Christians out of their property. I can just imagine someday, Christians will have to pay tribute to travel through the area, just as our Catholic ancestors once did.