Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect

An agreement signed last year making the Vatican‘s de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday. (Reuters)

The accord covers the operation of the Church in areas of the Holy Land under Palestinian control but its significance has been seen in broader terms as a symbol of growing international backing for a Palestinian state. (AFP)

The Vatican has come under fire from Israel after signing a historic first accord with Palestine that called for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Al Jazeera)

Israel has previously called the Vatican accord a hasty move that could damage prospects for advancing a peace agreement and impact its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican. (Jerusalem Post)