“Catholics are not foreigners here. They are an integral part of life of the State of Israel”.
The Vatican cleric says of agreement that will settle outstanding taxation issues normalize Catholic presence in the country .
Israel and the Catholic Church will soon sign an agreement that will regulate financial relations between them, according to senior Catholic officials in Jerusalem. Clerics say the long overdue agreement will settle outstanding taxation issues and will normalize the Catholic presence in Israel.
“The idea is to give a juridical frame and to say that Catholics are not foreigners here — they are an integral part of the life of the State of Israel,” Father Pierbattista Pizzabella, the Custos (custodian) of the Holy Land responsible for the Christian holy sites, told a group of journalists including The Media Line. “Catholics must have a clear position according to the law and international agreements.”
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