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Latin Patriarchate Denies Charges of Conversions in Beersheba

Recent charges in sections of the Israeli press that Jews were being converted to Catholicism in Beersheba and that some of them were encouraged by the proselytizers to leave Israel and send their funds abroad were denied here today by Msgr: Antonio Vergani, representative of the Latin Patriarchate here.

Msgr. Vergani demanded that the government appoint a commission to investigate the charges. He denied reports about the number of alleged conversions, declaring that the Church does not grant aid to persons wishing to emigrate from Israel. He described the accusation about helping converts to transfer funds abroad as “a deliberate libel.”