Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Vatican Officially Recognizes the State of Palestine


Pope Francis greeting Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine in the Vatican
Photo courtesy: AFP

The Vatican in a new treaty recently with Palestine officially recognized the state of Palestine, reports the AP.

This new treaty, which replaces the previous one with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), mainly deals with the Catholic Church activities (centuries-old administration of certain holy places linked to Jesus Christ, charitable works, and the like) in Palestine and it also gives formal diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine. Israel expressed its disappointment with this recognition.

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