Foreign ministry strike may force Pope Francis to postpone Israel trip

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Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the former nuncio to Australia, to be the new nuncio to Israel and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. Archbishop Lazzarotto is pictured in a 2007 photo. Photo by Patrick Browne Jr., Irish Catholic, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the former nuncio to Australia, to be the new nuncio to Israel and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. Archbishop Lazzarotto is pictured in a 2007 photo. Photo by Patrick Browne Jr., Irish Catholic, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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JERUSALEM (RNS) A strike by employees of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs may force Pope Francis to postpone his visit to Israel, scheduled for May 24-26.