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Vatican plays down differences before Israel trip

Vatican plays down differences before Israel trip

The Vatican's representative to the Holy Land is playing down the controversies that could mar a visit next week by Pope Benedict XVI.
Among these sensitive topics are the conduct of a wartime predecessor, a Catholic prayer for converting the Jews and the church's perceived lenience toward a Holocaust-denying priest.
Monsignor Antonio Franco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, said at a news conference Monday that the visit is not the time to "quarrel for this or that."
The pope is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories from May 11-15.
Franco says a joint Jewish-Catholic commission is working hard to resolve the controversy over whether Pius XII, the pope during World War II, did enough to try to stop the Holocaust.


Updated : 2021-05-17 03:57 GMT+08:00