WOW!!!! There’s an very important “recognition” here ……
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – MAY 10: Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall private studio for a private audience with President of Cuba Raul Castro on May 10, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
- The Vatican has agreed to a new treaty with Palestinian representatives that refers to them as the State of Palestine, which the Associated Press is reporting as formal recognition of Palestine as a state. A Vatican spokesman told AP, “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists.”
- The Vatican has, in less formal ways, referred to Palestine as a state for some time. The treaty itself appears to mostly cover the role of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory.
- According to the AP, “the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.”
Why recognizing Palestine matters
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