Friday, May 8, 2009

Vatican wants the Last Supper Room back from Israel

IT IS held to be the site of a seminal moment in history, the Last Supper. Today, however, the arched room in a white stone building on Mount Zion symbolises a festering dispute between Israel and the Vatican, which threatens to become a thorn in the side of Pope Benedict XVI's impending "peace pilgrimage" to the Holy Land.

Vatican officials had hoped the Pontiff's visit next week – only the second trip made by a pope to the Jewish state – would soften Israel's position over the Last Supper room.

The Vatican insists the room belongs to the Church and must be "returned", because Franciscans controlled it from 1342-1551, when the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent expelled them. MORE HERE

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