Vatican recognizes 'State of Palestine'

May 14, 2015 12:08 AM

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The Vatican recognized Palestinian statehood in a treaty Wednesday, generating praise from Palestinians and criticism from Israelis, who said the move does not advance peace efforts.

An announcement from the Holy See on long-discussed bilateral issues with Palestinians said an agreement was reached with the “State of Palestine,” a change from the Roman Catholic Church’s diplomatic recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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