Abouna.org, June 27, 2015 – Palestine Ambassador to the Vatican Issa Qassisieh has welcomed the Holy See’s recognition of the State of Palestine within the 1967 border in the framework of the comprehensive agreement concluded on June 26. He termed this recognition as a humanitarian and moral position adopted by the Vatican in its capacity as an important country at the spiritual and religious levels, and stressed that this day is considered a historic day in the life of the Palestinian people.
He added in a press statement after the signing ceremony, “We are grateful to the Vatican and proud of this recognition which has political, humanitarian and legal connotations in the context of endorsing the legitimate rights of our people to establish their independent and sovereign state on the 1967 border with Jerusalem as it s capital.”
Qassisieh stressed that this recognition reflects the Vatican’s keenness and conviction to support peace and justice in the land of peace. It, furthermore, addresses a message to the world regarding the need to recognize the Palestinian state in order to bring justice to our Palestinian people, and to attain the two-state solution in accordance with international resolutions, he added.
The Palestinian ambassador continued that arrangements have been in place for guaranteeing the rights of the Catholic Church which include the freedom to establish educational institutions and to conduct activities relevant to the fields of training, education and health in accordance with the Palestinian law.
Qassisieh also referred to the historic, national and humanitarian role played by the Catholic Church in its support for the people of Palestine since the 1948 war through its various institutions such as the Pontifical Mission, Caritas, Bethlehem University, hospitals and others all over Palestine.
This is worth noting that the Holy See recognized Palestine as a state since the United Nations recognized it as a “non-member observer state” in 2012.