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Vatican Fails to Confirm Plan for Inter Faith Center in Jerusalem

The Vatican press office said today it could not confirm reports emanating from Rome to the effect that Pope Paul VI plans to establish in Jerusalem an Institute for Comparative Theological Studies, to commemorate the Pontiff’s visit to the Holy Land last winter.

The report did not indicate whether such an institute would be located in Israel’s Jerusalem, or in the Old City, which is under Jordanian jurisdiction. The institute would be designed, according to the report, to advance unity within the Christian Church, Catholic and non-Catholic, as well as greater understanding between Christians and non-Christians.