Israeli President Shimon Peres upon the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

President Shimon Peres, 11 February 2013), reacted to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and said:

“I am saddened by the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to step down, and I wish him a long and healthy life. Pope Benedict has the depth of a great thinker, the sincerity of a great believer, the passion of a peace maker, and the wisdom to relate to changes in history without changing his values. When Pope Benedict XVI visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land I welcomed him with a word common to both our faiths ˆ shalom. ˆ

Under his leadership the Vatican has been a clear voice against racism and anti-Semitism and a clear voice for peace. Relations between Israel and the Vatican are the best they have ever been and the positive dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people is a testament to his belief in dialogue and cooperation.”



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