Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $5,810 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican-Israel negotiations continue with 'cordial' exchange

Catholic World News - January 07, 2010

A negotiating session between Vatican and Israeli diplomats ended with a joint statement reporting cordial and productive talks. The negotiations are scheduled to continue with a session in Jerusalem in February and a plenary meeting in May at the Vatican.

The talks are aimed to conclude a legal agreement establishing the rights of the Church in Israel. Such an agreement was promised by the “fundamental agreement” that paved the way for Vatican recognition of Israel and diplomatic relations between the two parties. Vatican officials are anxious to ensure the rights secured by the Church over the centuries, prior to the establishment of Israel as an independent state, will remain in force.

In December, Israeli newspapers reported that a negotiating session had concluded with the threat of a stalemate in the talks. Vatican officials dismissed that report, suggesting that it may have reflected the viewpoint of Israeli hardliners who oppose any concessions to the Church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($16,124 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,876.18
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing 16 hours ago
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other 17 hours ago
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal 19 hours ago
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book 21 hours ago
Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral August 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5