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President of Palestinian Authority meets pope


VATICAN (SE): The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI on the morning of December 17 at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Vatican Information Service reported.

After the private audience, Abbas then met with the secretary for Relations with States, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

Reports say that cordial discussions took place between Abbas and the pope on the recent resolution of the United Nations to make the Palestinian Authority a Non-Member Observer State.

The Vatican Information Service reported, “It is hoped that this initiative will encourage the commitment of the international community to finding a fair and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which may be reached only by resuming negotiations between the parties, in good faith and according due respect to the rights of both.”

There were also discussions on the troubled situation of conflict in the region and the pope expressed the hope that courage for reconciliation and peace will be found.

Mention was also made of the contribution Christian communities can offer to the common good in the Palestinian territories and throughout the Middle East.


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