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Israel, Vatican Swapping Relics

The Vatican and Israel are negotiating a swap on archaeological relics that will enrich the collections of museums in Israel and Italy, it was learned here today. Sources said the negotiations came about after the Vatican decided to establish a Palestinian branch at its museums next year and needed objects to illustrate the Biblical ages of the Patriarchs. In exchange, the Vatican plans to give Israel ancient Etruscan, Roman and Jewish objects found in catacombs near the Appian Way, the sources said.