Pope Benedict XVI has said that this unique city, holy yet deeply troubled, be a sign and foreshadowing of that peace which God desires for the whole human family.
Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his stand on the rights of Israel and Palestine to be sovereign and mutually-respecting nations Monday morning to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps.
He had expressed his appeal to the two countries to enter into dialogue and find a way to respect their respective rights on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last May.
First, he called for «a universal recognition of the right of the State of Israel to exist and to enjoy peace and security within internationally recognized borders», and then he added, «likewise, the right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign and independent homeland, to live in dignity and to enjoy freedom of movement, ought to be recognized«.
The Pontiff also made a request to the international community for «the protection of the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem, and of its cultural and religious heritage, which is of universal value».
Source: Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Its not true that Jerusalem is «deeply troubled». I have been there three times, and the city is safe in the hands of the Jewish state of Israel.
When the Pontiff says the city is «deeply troubled», he should be asked the following questions:
Who is troubling Jerusalem?
Is it the state of Israel?
Was Jerusalem in lesser or lager trouble when it was under occupation of Jordan from 1948 to 1967?
When did Jerusalem start to prosper, who founded, and who developed the city?
The Pope should rather have stated: «Jerusalem should stay united. The city is safe as the capital of Israel, and the Vatican enjoy the access to all our Churches and the freedom of worship of our religion».
The «Universal value» of Jerusalem can not be expressed better than in the Bible, where the city is mentioned 792 times. In the Koran, the city of Jerusalem is not mentioned. The author of Islam found it not worthy of being mentioned, not even once. So much for the pope`s universality.