129 Catholic Prelates Visit Israel; Shazar Greets Them in Hebrew

President Zalman Shazar welcomed today a group of 129 Catholic Bishops from 27 countries who came to Israel for a tour directly from the final meetings of the second session of the Ecumenical Council in Rome.

Welcoming the prelates in Hebrew, President Shazar said “we here followed with great interest the deliberations of the Council and witnessed with great satisfaction the spirit of the pursuit of peace and mutual understanding which inspired these discussions.”

At a luncheon tendered by the Israel Committee for Pilgrimages, the Bishops heard a report in Latin by a Hebrew University professor of comparative religion on the significance of the Chanukah holiday. The Bishops decided to make a tour of Israel and Jordan, after Pope Paul VI announced plans at the closing session for a tour of the Holy Land by him in January, the first by a modern Pope in the area.

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