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Israeli president visits Benedict XVI

 Yesterday, Moshe Katsav, president of the State of Israel, accompanied by his wife and diplomatic staff, visited His Holiness Benedict XVI. He then went on to visit Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. Fr Ciro Benedettini, CP, vice director of the Holy See Press Office said: "During the meeting, attention was given to the relations that have developed between Israel and the Holy See, since the start of diplomatic ties between the two parties in 1994. "Particular consideration was reserved for the implementation of the agreements thus-far signed between Israel and the Holy See: the Fundamental Agreement of 1993, and the Legal Personality Agreement of 1997. "On the subject of the current situation in the Holy Land, the Holy See's position in favour of the existence of and collaboration between the two States, Israel and Palestine, was again expounded to the illustrious guest. "A large part of the discussions were also given over to the possibility of more intense collaboration in the humanitarian field, especially in Africa, and in cultural matters." Source: VIS