Pope Francis exchanges gifts with the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, left, and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva, right, during a private audience at the Vatican this month. Ninety-three percent of Azerbaijanis are Muslim.
Surely the recognition of Palestine as a state should come with some conditions — for example, recognition by the Palestine Liberation Organization and its backers Israel is also a state. This would go a long way in lubricating the peace process.
John Krasznai, Burlington, Ont.
Given the long, tragic history of the Roman Catholic Church’s anti-semitism, the decision to recognize a state of Palestine reflects the inadequacy of the current pope.
I seriously doubt his intellectually far-superior predecessor, Benedict XVI, would have agreed to take this dreadfully misguided and deeply offensive step, whatever his personal views might be.
Joseph Berger, Toronto.
Two more letters, both negative, here.