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Agreement calls for an end to anti-Semitism - 1993

Pope John Paul II was pope when the Vatican negotiated the agreement with Israel.


On this day, 30 December 1993, the Vatican and Israel signed an agreement that took a step toward patching up their relationship. Among things discussed were questions over Catholic property, past and present anti-Semitism, and the relocation of Israel’s capital to Jerusalem. The two sides did not see eye-to-eye on all issues and some remained unresolved. Nonetheless they published their agreement and exchanged ambassadors. Among the provisions of the agreement was a call for an end to anti-Semitism.


“The Holy See takes this occasion to reiterate its condemnation of hatred, persecution and all other manifestations of anti-Semitism directed against the Jewish people and individual Jews anywhere, at any time and by anyone. In particular, the Holy See deplores attacks on Jews and desecration of Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, acts which offend the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, especially when they occur in the same places which witnessed it.”


Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel

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