On December 4, 2014 the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See with a reception at the Pontificio Collegio Urbano. Over 200 guests took part in the event.

 Israel and Holy See mark 20 years of diplomatic relations

 

Copyright: Ariel Nacamulli

(Embassy of Israel, the Holy See)

On December 4, 2014 the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See with a reception at the Pontificio Collegio Urbano.

Over 200 guests took part in the event including: the Vatican Secretary of State (Prime Minister) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Deputy Foreign Minister Antoine Camilleri, Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State Monsignor Peter Wells, Head of Protocol Monsignor Jose Avellino Bettencourt, and other Vatican representatives including Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli and Monsignor David Jager, both of whom were involved 20 years ago with the negotiations leading to the Fundamental Agreement between Israel and the Holy See.

 Israel and Holy See mark 20 years of diplomatic relations

  Cardinal Pietro Parolin views exhibit of Papal visits. Copyright: Ariel Nacamulli

 
Also present were many Ambassadors to the Holy See, leaders of the Jewish community of Italy, Catholic Friends of Israel and members of the press.
 
The event included greetings from Ambassador Zion Evrony and Cardinal Parolin and a concert by the Israeli singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) who sang in Hebrew, English, Italian and Judeo-Yemeni.

 Israel and Holy See mark 20 years of diplomatic relations

  Ahinoam Nini performs at the receiption. Copyright:Ariel Nacamulli

At the entrance of the hall was an exhibit of 30 pictures about the past four Papal visits to Israel.

 Israel and Holy See mark 20 years of diplomatic relations

  Exhibit of Papal visits to Israel. Copyright: Ariel Nacamulli