New Pope, Same Vatican: 100 Years of Papal Shame Towards Israel | Emet Shine

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

by Emet Sheva

New Pope, Same Vatican: 100 Years of Papal Shame Towards Israel

On January 26, 1904, Theodor Herzl went to the Vatican to seek support in establishing the Jewish State. He met with Pope Pius X. The meeting lasted 25 minutes.

We learn of it from Herzl's diary records. Here is what the pope said:

"We cannot give approval to this movement. We cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem—but we could never sanction it. The soil of Jerusalem, if it was not always sacred, has been sanctified by the life of Jesus Christ. As the head of the Church I cannot tell you anything different. The Jews have not recognized our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people."

Yet, the Vatican just recognized a "Palestinian state," so nothing changed in the heart of Roman darkness against us.

Herzl then asked, "And its present status?" (referring to Ottoman Turkish occupation of Jerusalem and the Land)

The Pope replied: "I know, it is not pleasant to see the Turks in possession of our Holy Places. We simply have to put up with that. But to support the Jews in the acquisition of the Holy Places, that we cannot do."

Nothing changed over the last 100 years.

Emet Shine is the author of 1,001 Reasons to Love Israel. Emet developed A Better Life in Israel for anyone considering a future in Israel. You get 20 videos of how to navigate the job market, what skills to start learning, and how to enjoy a meaningful and exciting life in the Jewish Nation.


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