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In the meantime, he's doing his best to upset the Israelis by insisting that important issues be resolved before his visit. If you thought I'm talking about Gaza or similar things, you don't understand the Vatican. I mean really important issues
Peres is pressing the government to agree to the Vatican's request that Israel surrender control of six religious sites, among them the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth; the Coenaculum on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where Jesus is said to have held The Last Supper; the Gethsemane, which sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem; Mount Tabor; and the Church of the Multiplication, which hugs the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:14:45 PM EST
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There were actually about one hundred sites the Catholic Church wanted. Also, the Church wants special tax exemptions, a favourite of theirs wherever they go, a defining characteristic of their earthly mission. It seems that there will be a conference on the matter at this point to save face. The present Israeli government has been far from sympathetic with Vatican requests despite the overtures of Shimon Peres.

The Israeli government as well as local parishs will pay the visit. I wonder if the victims of the earthquake in Onna had to pay for his visit.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:27:28 PM EST
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