Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI Receives Palestinian Representative to Holy See
VATICAN CITY, Dec. 11, 2007 ( The Vatican press office confirmed Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI received Monday Shawqi Jabriel Armali, director of the office of representation to the Holy See of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Armali was named representative of the PLO before the Holy See in November. After meeting with Benedict XVI, he met with the secretary for the relations with states, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

Armali delivered a message on behalf of the President Mahmoud Abbas in which the Palestinian leader requests an "active presence" on the part of the Holy See in the Middle East peace process.

The Palestinian diplomat recognized "the important role of the Vatican in the question of Jerusalem's status."

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