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Vatican recognizes 'State of Palestine'
Vatican recognizes 'State of Palestine'

The Vatican recognized Palestinian statehood in a treaty Wednesday, generating praise from Palestinians and criticism from Israelis, who said the move does not advance peace efforts. An announcement from the Holy See on long-discussed bilateral issues with Palestinians said an agreement was reached with the “State of Palestine,” a change from the Roman Catholic Church’s diplomatic recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, according to the Associated Press. Palestinian Ambassador to the Vatican Issa Qseieieh said the agreement concluded...

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