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Vatican, By JOHN TttAVIS and CINDy WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS The V " ) -- , ahcan-Israel landmar fUndamenta, k signed a-- J agreement,' s 1993 came to a close, Paves the Way for full diplo- relations within a few and a new era of dia- two entities. pact was signed in 30 by Msgr. a Vatican assis- of state, and Is- minister of for- Vatican-Israeli corn- at the Vati- approved the text of the accord, of intense ions. The agreement p.rinciples of m civil soci- includes a strong con- Joaquin called the agree- Opening', that influence The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Israel accord opens new era of relations Personal diplomatic envoys were expected to be named within days after the signing of the pact. Beilin said the Vatican and Israel have agreed that full diplomatic relations would be established within four months of the ratification of the formal agreement by the Israeli gov- ernment. Navarro-Valls said Dec. 30 that full relations could be es- tablished even sooner than four months. He added that the nunciature would be based at a Franciscan monastery near Jaffa, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The spokesman said the apostolic delegation to Jerusalem and Palestine, which is the Vatican's channel to Catholics in Israel, the occu- pied territories and Jordan, would remain open in Jerusalem. Vatican and Israeli sources have said that if conditions are right, Pope John Paul II could follow up the diplomatic devel- opments with a trip to Jerusalem during the coming in Rome Dec. 29, said the agreement "has much to do with the relationship between the Jewish religion and the Catholic faith. It is an impor- tant change after 45 years of the existence of Israel and, perhaps, 2,000 years of separa- tion between us and the Chris- tians." The "fundamental agree- ment" does not solve all the thorny church-state problems in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, but it lays the groundwork for further negoti- ations. It specifies that sub- commissions will be named to deal with delicate issues re- garding the church's property holdings, and its legal and tax status. Navarro-Valls said that im- mediately after the signing two subcommissions -- dealing with the tax issue and with the church's legal standing- would be named. The agreement affirms the church's basic right to own property and to run schools, welfare institutions and com- munications media. It also de- at the Christian holy places, and states a joint interest in promoting Christian pilgrim- ages. The Vatican has emphasized that the agreement completes the "first phase" of the work undertaken by the Vatican-Is- raeli commission, formed in mid-1992. The accord provides, in fact, that negotiations will continue on a full range of is- sues. Israeli and Jewish leaders hailed the agreement as a milestone, largely because it meets the longstanding Israeli request for diplomatic ties. Ex- perts on both sides predicted it would have a positive effect on Jewish-Catholic dialogue. "All of us who have been in- volved in dialogue, both Catholics and Jews, are grate- ful for this accomplishment," Rabbi Henry I. Sobel of Brazil told the pope in a private audi- ence Dec. 29 as the joint com- mission was meeting. "I believe this much-awaited step will benefit not only rela- tions between Catholics and Jews, but will also act as an of Israel will help legitimize the peace accord to all Chris- tians, Muslims and Jews, said the rabbi, a member of the per- manent Vatican-Jewish dia- logue commission. The "Fundamental Agree- ment Between the Holy See and the State of Israel," in- cludes a preamble, 15 articles and a separate protocol on diplomatic representatives. The preamble, citing the his- toric process of reconciliation between Catholics and Jews, says the accord should offer a sound and lasting basis for im- provement in Vatican-Israeli relations. The text of the agreement provides the following: Both Israel and the Vati- can pledge to respect the prin- ciples of religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Both sides promise to co- operate "in combatting all forms of anti-Semitism and all kinds of racism and of religious intolerance." The Vatican takes the opportunity "to reit- erate its condemnation of ha- tred, persecution and all other Middle East year or two. clares respect for the tradi- Beilin, speaking to reporters tional rules regulating activity AUXiliary Bishop Gregory of Chicago named to head Belleviile Diocese (CNS) named P Wilton D. to be Ill. raent Was an- t in Washing- Agostino apostolic nuncio States. SUcceeds who archbishop of June. 46, is one of hops in the his ap- there who The shops Joseph oxi, Miss.; J. Tenn., of St. lrgin Islands. a Chicago at Quigley and He m liturgy at and was an associate pastor !NG ................... $16.95 sq. ........ $22.95 sq. 50% off .................. $6,50 ea. ............ $169,95 ea. ....... $319.95 ea. ,.,$16.95 ea at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview, Ill., from 1973 to 1976, and was named to the faculty of St. Mary of the Lake in 1979. In 1983, at age 35, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago. At that time, he was the youngest Catholic bishop in the United States. Bishop Gregory completed a three-year term as chairman of the bishops' Committee on Liturgy at the November 1993 meeting of the National Con- ference of Catholic Bishops. During his term, he intro- duced committee proposals for change in holy days of obliga- tion and motions related to a lectionary for children's Masses. Bishop Gregory led the liturgy discussion, regarding an English translation of the Sacramentary, during the bishops' 1993 fall meeting. At the meeting, the bishops made it clear that they wanted a more formal review of all translations in terms of their doctrinal expression. According to Bishop Gre- gory, the real debate .among the bishops was "not over the translations, but over the prin- ciples behind them." He was succeeded as liturgy committee chairman by Bishop Donald W. Trautman of Erie, Pa. RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAQK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOODS * SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR ALL YOUR CATERING NEEDS, CALL ', 1482-2640] ! Hwy. 1625. 393 3rd. Ave., Jasper, IN i DUBOIS COUNTY BANK llU-ld]B]DI, OLD NA'rloNAJL ]BAJCOItP Men'dr FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK RUXER JASPER [ FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY 482-1200 i IIII I I MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre.Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 i ..... IIIII impetus to help implement the peace agreement signed be- tween Israeli and Palestinian leaders," he said. 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