English Catholic Archbishop Confronts Israel’s Politics in the West Bank

Archbishop risks row with Israel after lobbying Hague over Christians ‘displaced by security barrier’

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has risked a row with the Israeli government after it emerged he lobbied William Hague over the plight of Christians in the West Bank.

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols urged the Foreign Secretary to address the “tragic situation” facing of Palestinians displaced by the building of the Israeli security barrier in Beit Jala, a predominantly Christian town a little over a mile from the Church of the Nativity.

He said the “expropriation” of land by Israel had a “catastrophic impact” on the village and risked furthering the conflict. Much of the land has been owned by religious orders and Catholic families dating back 200 years. Continue reading “English Catholic Archbishop Confronts Israel’s Politics in the West Bank”

Vatican Tries to Attract Disenchanted Anglicans – UPDATE

Rowan Williams & Vincent Nichols
The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams,
and the Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols,
discussed the Vatican’s plan on Tuesday, (Source: New York Times)

In a statement released simultaneously at the Vatican and in London, the Catholic Church announced that a recent decision has paved the way for a easier integration in this church of the traditional Anglicans who have been disheartened by the acceptance in the Anglican communion of the ordination of women as bishops, as well as the ordination in this hierarchical position of openly gay persons.

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