Monday, August 29, 2005

Good news!

Vatican-Israeli Row Simmers Down

"Tempest" Is Over, Says Apostolic Nuncio

VATICAN CITY, AUG. 28, 2005 ( It was nothing more than "a tempest in a teacup," said the apostolic nuncio to Israel when describing Israel's recent diplomatic incident with the Holy See.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi's comment refers to July's conflict that arose when representatives of Israel's government publicly accused Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI for not having condemned terrorist attacks against Jews.

The Holy See reacted with a long communiqué that cited John Paul II's numerous statements against terrorist acts, as well as Benedict XVI's condemnation of all acts of violence, including those against Jews.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said on Friday that the conflict has been resolved: "Relations between Israel and the Vatican are again as good as they were before," reported the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

You can read the entire, very brief article from Zenit. I have to admit that I find it funny that Israel's ambassador to the Holy See is named Obed Ben Hur. Or maybe "Ben Hur" is a common Jewish name, and I'm limiting myself too much to Hollywood movies :)

1 comment:

  1. yes, but was there a man beating a big drum in the background of the boat while this was going on? I mean... Darn... I got the wrong Ben Hur too! ;) ;)

    (Poor man probably gets that joke a lot...)