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  Av 4, 5767 , 19/07/07

Vatican May Drop Prayer Offensive to Jews

A senior Vatican official said Wednesday that it may delete a controversial prayer that recently has been revived and which calls for the conversion of Jews. Holy See Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told a news conference that "we could simply study" the possibility of substituting the Good Friday prayer, which pleas for the removal of the "veil" from Jewish hearts.

The move of German-born Pope Benedict earlier this month to re-introduce the prayer has sparked fears of a split within the church between traditionalists and reformers.

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