Vatican and Palestine Sign Historic Accord

by Rachel Baker on June 26, 2015

This seems like a pretty big deal. It will be very interesting to see how if this landmark moment has any effect on the way the U.S. Presidential Campaigns play out in who the candidates do and do not pander to. I suspect this may be just one more thing the Pope has done over the last few months that will make the Republicans incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe not, though. Maybe it isn’t really as big a deal as it might seem for the Pope to recognize some place other than Israel as the ‘birthplace of Christianity and the cradle of the monotheistic religions’.

Read More: Vatican signs historic accord with Palestine

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki, said at Friday’s signing ceremony that it would “not have been possible without the blessing of his Holiness Pope Francis for our efforts to reach it.”

The minister said the “historic” accord enshrined Palestine’s special status as the birthplace of Christianity and the cradle of the monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism).

Paul Gallagher, the British archbishop who is the Vatican’s de facto foreign minister, signed the accord on behalf of the Holy See in the presence of guests including Vera Baboun, the mayor of Bethlehem, the Palestinian town considered to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Gallagher said the accord’s provisions to ensure the rights of Christians should serve as a model for other Arab and Muslim states in their relations with Christian minorities facing increasing persecution in the Middle East.

He said it was “indicative of the progress made by the Palestinian Authority in recent years, and above all of the level of international support (for recognition).”

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