Vatican sends delegation to Anapolis

The Vatican sent a high-level delegation to yesterday's one-day peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Headed by Mgr Pietro Parolin, the Holy See delegation joined other world leaders to help relaunch negotiations for a just and definitive solution to the long-running conflict, Zenit reports.

Mgr Parolin, who is undersecretary for relations with states at the Vatican Secretariat of State, was accompanied by Monsignor Franco Coppola, a counsellor at the office of the nunciature.

On Sunday, Pope Benedict called for prayers for a successful meeting.

"I implore the Spirit of God for peace for that region so dear to us and to give wisdom and courage to all the protagonists in this important meeting," the Pope said.

Before the meeting, newly elected Texan Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said he hoped the meeting participants "dedicate themselves with diligence to a resolution that effectively assures peace in the regions of the Middle East."

"Parishes and Catholics all over the United States are praying so that the prospect of peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples becomes a concrete reality," Cardinal DiNardo said.

Permalink: Holy See Sends Delegation to Annapolis (Zenit, 27/11/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Mid-East Peace Conference (Wikipedia)

Pope prays wisdom will fuel mid-east peace (CathNews, 26/11/07)
International Church Action for Peace in Palestine & Israel (CathNews, 12/03/06)
Vatican official has high hopes for Middle East Peace Summit (CathNews, 0/06/03)
Bethlehem faces darkest hour, mayor says in Christmas message (CathNews, 13/12/06)
Pope spells out Mideast peace wish list (CathNews, 03/06/03)
Vatican asks Israel to get serious about peace efforts (CathNews, 15/07/03)

28 Nov 2007