Vatican and Israel in a historical accord

4 12 2007

Latest News from the Straits Times

VATICAN CITY – ISRAEL and the Vatican are close to concluding a historic bilateral accord on the legal and financial status of the Roman Catholic Church in Israel, the country’s ambassador said.

‘We are very close to the conclusion of this historic accord,’ Mr Oded Ben Hur was quoted as saying by Italy’s ANSA news agency at a debate organised by a pontifical university in Rome on Monday.

The text under negotiation is the economic section of the fundamental agreement on relations the Vatican and Israel signed in December 1993.

‘About 85 per cent of the text has been examined and approved by the representatives of Israel and the Vatican,’ said the ambassador.

Negotiations on the text resumed in 2004 after a 10-year hiatus, and Mr Ben Hur said the next round of talks will take place on Dec 13 in Israel.

The two sides are seeking to hammer out an agreement concerning the legal and tax status of Church property in Israel and the commercial activities of Christian communities there.

The Vatican is seeking tax-exempt status for Church institutions. — AFP

Everything is moving according to what so many have taught about the bilateral relations will increase between the Vatican and Israel, and out of the former head of the Roman Empire, will an anti Christ come. Well a lot of people (Christians and even within the Catholic Community) speculated* the next Pope in place will be the Anti Christ.

Human Rights: China detains managers of Australian company for spreading christianity

23 11 2007

BEIJING, CHINA — Three senior employees of an Australian owned multi-million dollar bio-engineering corporation in China‚Äôs Guangdong province remained detained Thursday, November 22, and their company closed, over allegations of involvement in “illegal” Christian activities. It came after Guangzhou Enoch Biological Science and Technology Co., was raided by various Chinese government agencies, said Christian rights group China Aid Association (CAA). Read on the article, click here