Skip to content

Vatican concerned over President Trump's decision in Israel

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)
12/10/2017 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Following U.S. President Donald Trump's Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Holy See has expressed its concern for recent violent outbreaks and urged leaders to promote peace and security. 

U.S. President, Donald Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

U.S. President, Donald Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Highlights

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/10/2017 (6 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Jerusalem, Israel, Tel Aviv, United Stated Embassy, Trump, Palestine


Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - A Vatican communique Dec. 10 pointed to concerns for peace and security in Jerusalem and reiterated its belief that "only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace," as well as "guarantee the peaceful co-existence of two states within internationally recognized borders."

The brief statement was published just days after the news broke that President Trump would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a widely controversial decision that has provoked a mixed reaction from the international community.

The Vatican said it is watching the development of the situation closely, especially in Jerusalem, which is a "Sacred city for Christians, Jews and Muslims from all over the world."

The statement also reiterated the Holy See's position on the importance of maintaining the status quo in Jerusalem, as per the repeated requests of the international community, and the hierarchies of the Catholic and Christian communities of the Holy Land.

Renewing an appeal made by Pope Francis during his general audience on Dec. 6, the statement reiterated the Pope's "fervent prayers" for national leaders, that they be committed to promoting peace, justice and security and averting "a new spiral of violence" in the nation.

Israel has traditionally always recognized Jerusalem as its capital. However, Palestinians claim that the eastern portion of the city is the capital of the future Palestinian state. In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the U.S. is the first country to do so since the state was established in 1948.

Debate on the issue is in many ways the crux of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which is backed by Arab leaders, including Saudi Arabia, and the wider Islamic world.

According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is to be discussed in the late stages of peace talks. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized by the international community, and all countries with diplomatic relations have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

More than 30 Palestinians have been injured in clashes across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip amid protests against Trump's decision.

The position of the U.N. on the Jerusalem issue is that East Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory, and that the city should eventually become the capital of the two states of Israel and Palestine.

The Vatican has long supported a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and on a diplomatic level recognizes and refers to both "the State of Israel" and "the State of Palestine."

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Comments


More Middle East

Is this how Jesus really died? Discovery shows crucifixion was worse than we imagine Watch

Image of Jesus' execution may have been slightly worse than imagined with each heel getting its own spike.

A gruesome discovery in an Italian tomb has revealed more evidence of how the Romans performed crucifixions. The finding proves that Roman ... continue reading


Pope Francis speaks out against Gaza violence Watch

Image of

Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which ... continue reading


One step closer to Jesus? Embassy moves to Jerusalem on May 14 Watch

Image of A worker posts signs to direct people to the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

The road signs have already been changed to direct people to the new location. Situated in Jerusalem is a new United States embassy that ... continue reading


An undiscovered book of the Bible? Dead Sea Scroll fragment hints at missing manuscript Watch

Image of Most of the scrolls are in fragments, damaged by fire, the elements, and time itself.

Have researchers found a hidden book of the Bible? While this is a tantalizing possibility, it is unlikely. But what has been discovered is ... continue reading


Syrian Hospitals become military targets during war Watch

Image of Hospitals have become military targets in Syria.

Hospitals have become military targets in Syria, making it difficult to provide aid to victims of the country's civil war, according to ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.