January 7, 1988 |
The Jewish organization officially chartered to carry on a dialogue with the Vatican expressed dismay Wednesday over an announcement that Pope John Paul II will meet again with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who is accused of participating in war crimes during World War II.
June 21, 1987 |
The Vatican said Saturday that it is "surprised and profoundly grieved" that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim's state visit this week to Pope John Paul II has raised doubts about "the respect of the Pope and the Holy See for the Jewish people." The Vatican press office issued the formal statement in response to protests by Jewish organizations that followed Wednesday's announcement that Waldheim will meet the pontiff during a state visit Thursday to the Vatican.
June 25, 1987 |
The Vatican insisted again Wednesday that its invitation to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was routine, while other sources in the Roman Catholic Church reported that the Austrian government had exerted heavy pressure on the church for the last six months to arrange the invitation.
June 26, 1988 |
Pope John Paul II toured the friendly green hills of Austria on Saturday, with a message of unity for the Roman Catholic Church, headed for its first schism in a century. "Only a church of complete unity is the true bread for the world," the Pope said in a German-language sermon at the Roman-founded city of Enns on the third day of his five-day visit to this predominantly Catholic country.
December 18, 2000 |
Joerg Haider, an Austria far-right politician and self-proclaimed "angel of peace," made parting jabs against immigrants and Italy's "weak" leaders as he headed home Sunday after a tumultuous visit to the Vatican. Haider's combative interview added to the outrage that his trip sparked. His audience with Pope John Paul II on Saturday prompted protests outside St. Peter's Square.
June 22, 1987 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir charged Sunday that Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit with Austrian President Kurl Waldheim will serve to legitimize Waldheim's alleged war crimes, but Austria called Israel's criticism an "unfriendly act." In a television program in Vienna on Sunday, Austrian Foreign Minister Alois Mock announced a diplomatic protest over Israel's negative reaction to the meeting scheduled Thursday at the Vatican between the Pope and Waldheim.