Palestine’s ambassador to the Holy See presents credentials to Pope 14Dec13 December 14, 2013

Palestine News Network   -    13 December 2013

vatecan_340_220Pope Francis received on Thursday, the credentials of the new ambassador of the State of Palestine to the Holy See, Issa Jamil Kassasieh.

The ceremony was made according to the protocol of the Holy See for accreditation of representatives of states at the Clementine Hall.

On the occasion, Pope Francis saluted the President of the State of Palestine Mr. Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people, saying that every day he “prays for peace, justice and dignity in the Holy Land.”

Ambassador Kassasieh also briefed the Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin on the difficult situation of the people of Palestine under the Israeli occupation, and particularly about the hardships being faced by Palestinian Christians.

Ambassador Kassasieh called upon the Holy See to work together with the State of Palestine in order to preserve the historic Christian presence in Palestine, the Holy Land.

Ambassador Kassasieh said that the event represented a formal recognition of the Holy See to the State of Palestine and gives an important signal to the Palestinian people and the rest of the Arab world.

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