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Prediction 9: The Catholic Church getting directly involved in the “Road to Peace” process.
– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
Solution Possible to Holy-Land
Conflict, Says Pope
Defends Rights of Israelis and Palestinians
VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says a solution that is fair to
Israelis and Palestinians alike can be found to the conflict in the Holy
"There seems to me to be an almost paradigmatic illustration of these
considerations at that nerve point of the world scene, which is the Holy
Land," the Pope said today in an address to the diplomatic corps
accredited to the Holy See.
"There, the state of Israel has to be able to exist peacefully in
conformity with the norms of international law; there, equally, the
Palestinian population has to be able to develop serenely its own
democratic institutions for a free and prosperous future," the Holy
In a long and anticipated address, the Pontiff pointed out the path to
peace for the future.
He suggested the search for truth as the way to identify what "there is
in common, pertaining to the very nature of persons, of all peoples and
cultures, and this must be equally respected."
"And when these aspects of diversity and equality -- distinct but
complementary -- are known and recognized, then problems can be resolved
and disagreements settled according to justice, and profound and lasting
understandings are possible," Benedict XVI added in his French-language
"On the other hand, when one of them is misinterpreted or not given its
due importance," he said, "it is then that misunderstanding arises,
together with conflict, and the temptation to use overpowering