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Argentina to Expand Relations with Israel; Cardinal Issues Message on Jerusalem

The Argentine Government issued a statement today announcing its intentions “to intensify relations with the state of Israel.” The official statement emphasized that the Argentine legation in Tel Aviv now functions only on a provisional basis, since the decree for the establishment of such a legation was approved by the Senate only, while the House of Representatives did not have time to approve it prior to its adjournment.

La Prensa, one of the leading Argentine newspapers, published an article today lauding the tolerant attitude of the Israel Government toward Catholic Holy Places in its territory. At the same time Cardinal Santiago Luis Copello, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, issued a message to be read on Sunday in all Catholic churches, emphasizing the Pope’s call with regard to Jerusalem and the Holy Places in Palestine.

“While the U.N. General Assembly discusses the future of Jerusalem, it is the duty of all faithful Catholics to pray for the efficient safeguarding of the Holy Cit against future dangers of war and destruction, and that the Holy Places should always preserve their character which they have in the veneration of the faithful. The acquired rights of the Catholics in the Holy Land should be respected,” Cardinal Copello’s message said.

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