U.S. Catholic Leaders Urge Territorial Internationalization of Jerusalem

The text of a statement issued here over the week-end by the Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the U.S., criticizing the U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission’s proposals for Jerusalem now before the United Nations and calling for real and effective internationalization of the Holy City, emphasized that the “only effective guarantee for the safety of Jerusalem” and the Holy Places is a “territorial internationalization of Jerusalem and its area under the sovereignty and effective control of the family of nations.”

Noting that Pope Pius XII “time and time again made it clear that the only effective guarantee” for the safety of Jerusalem and its Holy Places was a territorial internationalization of the city, the statement said: “There can be no question as to the meaning of internationalization in the Papal letters. It is the concept originally expressed by the General Assembly itself in Nov. 1947. It is a truly international regime and not a mere control or curatorship. Therefore, only such a real internationalization can establish peace in the area and effectively safeguard the Holy Places for future generations.”

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