Chapter

14. The Vatican and Israel

Cardinal Achille Silvestrini

in The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228058
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228058.003.0014

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

14. The Vatican and Israel

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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

Chapter.  2693 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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