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Just getting them to admit it or even allowing us to take photographs would be an accomplishment.
They have thousands of Jewish books and manuscripts, and everything is a big secret." As for what we can do to rectify the situation, Rabbi Shtencel said, "Perhaps when Pope Francis visits Israel we should greet him with large signs in English and Spanish so the international media will be aware of what's going on.
I also found the nuncio’s diplomatic usage of the words 'return to the legitimate owners' rather than 'to the Jews' troubling.
Perhaps the Church believes that they are the legitimate owners.
"Being that there’s a new pope now who's supposed to be sympathetic to the Jews and considers Rabbi Skorka of Argentina a good friend, I figured it would be a good time to reach out to the Vatican’s representative in Israel regarding the vessels.Amazingly I received a response via fax." The Vatican letter Rabbi Shtencel takes exception to the fact that the papal nuncio assumed his query was an accusation of anti-Semitism, something he insists he clearly took precautions to avoid."I wrote my letter carefully and respectfully so as not to come across as accusatory in any way. I deliberately appealed to his heart rather than bolstering my argument with supposed proofs."You have to realize that the Vatican didn't exist in the first century of the Common Era.The Vatican only came into being around the year 700.