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Philip A Cunningham, Norbert J. Hofmann, and Joseph Sievers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228058

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228058.001.0001

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14. The Vatican and Israel

14. The Vatican and Israel

(p.179) 14. The Vatican and Israel
The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Cardinal Achille Silvestrini

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the diplomatic relations between Israel and the Vatican. In this relationship, we are talking of the Holy See, which is the expression of the highest authority of the Catholic Church (a religious reality). We are also talking of the State of Israel, a state that at the international level is a state like any other, but which at the same time has a special characteristic to the extent that its birth was connected with the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral land (another religious reality). Just on the basis of the uniqueness of the two parties, one may intuit the complexity of their relationship, of which the diplomatic relationship is the formal, conclusive act, but an act that was preceded by a long history. In this history, three aspects are decisive: the relationship between the Church and the Jews; the attention, the solicitude, on the part of the Holy See for the holy places in Jerusalem; and the wars and the prospects for peace in the region.

Keywords:   Vatican, Israel, diplomatic relations, Catholic Church, Jews, Holy See, Jerusalem, holy places, wars, peace

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