Vatican Recognizes State of Palestine in New Treaty


FILE - In this Sunday, June 8, 2014 file photo Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace each other as Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, looks at them during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens. The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, May 13, 2015 immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects. The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

JNN 23 May 2015 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects. Continue reading

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