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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pope Recognizes Israel

Israel and the Vatican have put aside their dispute over Jerusalem's status and signed an historic agreement on mutual recognition and open a new chapter overturning traditionally antagonistic Jewish-Christian relations.


The accord is widely expected to lead to a visit to the Holy Land by Pope John Paul, possibly in 1994. It would be the first such papal pilgrimage in 30 years.


"Behind the agreement, there are thousands of years of history full of hatred, of fear and ignorance with a few islands of understanding, of cooperation and of dialogue," Israel's deputy foreign minister, Yossi Beilin, said at Thursday's signing in Jerusalem.


Full ambassadors will be named and embassies opened after subcommittees work out legal details