VATICAN CITY — A delegation of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Druse religious leaders in Israel met Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI in a high-profile display of their efforts to promote interfaith peace initiatives in the region.
While the council is represented by most of the main faiths present in the Holy Land, including the Anglican Church, there is no Greek Orthodox representation due to Orthodox-Catholic tensions, council members said.
I thought this was a joke, coupled with a naive reporter, as well. I now think there is something to the statement that follows the --snip--. The AP writer, Nicole Winfield, has been with AP since 1993 following graduation from John Hopkins in 1992. She has been living in Italy and covering the Vatican (and the Italian Government) since 2000, with stints in in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Qatar, and Iraq. She is also a polyglot. More significantly, she interviewed Catherine Deneuve in 1996.
Does anyone have an idea about what the issue is between the the Jerusalem Patriarchate and the Vatican that eclipses the high tension between Islamic Palestinians and the Vatican? Just curious.