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January 14, 2014 - 11:22 am

As the State Department was lashing out at Israel’s defense minister for saying the secretary of State has a “messianic” complex, John Kerry was at the Vatican calling for the need to forge “reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.”

“Secretary of State John Kerry – who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians,” newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as saying behind closed doors. “The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki fired back that the remarks were “offensive and inappropriate, especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs.”

Kerry has been pushing Israel hard to accept concessions to jump start the Middle East peace process, considered a priority legacy issue for both Kerry and President Obama.

Meeting today with Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin in Rome, Kerry first waxed about how “as an altar boy, as a young kid, I would never have imagined that I would have been crossing the threshold of the Vatican to meet, as Secretary of State, with the Secretary of State of the Holy See.”

Kerry said Archbishop Parolin “asked me for a solid briefing with respect to the Middle East peace process.”

“Pope Francis will be going to Israel and the Palestinian territories and to Jordan in May, and so we agreed, after I gave a briefing, that we would stay in touch in order to keep him abreast of what we’re doing and then what progress there may be in the peace process. But obviously, there are issues of enormous concern to the Holy See, not just about peace, but also about the freedom of access for religious worship in Jerusalem for all religions and appropriate resolution with respect to Jerusalem that respects that going forward,” he said.

“We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis… So this was as comprehensive a conversation as I’ve had with any secretary of state or foreign minister in the course of my tenure, and I think, happily, we agreed on an enormous amount of things that we can cooperate on.”

Kerry said “we need to find all of the voices that are prepared to fight for anti-poverty or peace or for reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.”

“I’m particularly pleased to know that the Holy Father and the Secretary of State in the Holy See will continue to speak out about peace in the Middle East, continue to try to bring the parties together, continue to help address some of the most pressing concerns that are challenging failed states and failing states in too many parts of the world,” he added. “…I’m confident that the groundwork and agreement that we reached with respect to the peace process, as well as a number of other urgent priorities, will help us as we go forward in the next days and months.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"As the State Department was lashing out at Israel’s defense minister for saying the secretary of State has a “messianic” complex, John Kerry was at the Vatican calling for the need to forge “reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.”"
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This coming from a man and a political party he is in cahoots with that deals in dividing peoples and nations! What a pompous ass. His face *has* to be the one in the dictionary you see when you look up 'pompous ass'.


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" . . enormous concern to the Holy See, not just about peace, but also about the freedom of access for religious worship in Jerusalem for all religions"

Is there even a shred of evidence that freedom of religious worship is lacking in Jerusalem? Is there not a mountain of evidence that practicing the "wrong" religion is extremely hazardous to your health in most other Middle East cities?

What is wrong with this guy and what is wrong with the journalists and reporters who lets him spew this BS without asking him what the hell he is talking about.
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Calling on the Pope to help rip the capital of Israel from them...because Kerry is SO pro-Israel.

The altar boy who believes in divorce, abortion, and forcing the Catholic Church to abandon its tenets.

Reporting for catechism duty.
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He wants to bring people together? Expect WW3
48 weeks ago
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Atheists can go to Hell, following the Muslims.
Oops, sorry. I am no diplomat!
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"As the State Department was lashing out at Israel’s defense minister for saying the secretary of State has a “messianic” complex, John Kerry was at the Vatican calling for the need to forge “reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.”"
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This coming from a man and a political party he is in cahoots with that deals in dividing peoples and nations! What a pompous ass. His face *has* to be the one in the dictionary you see when you look up 'pompous ass'.


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Largest Catholic University to Host Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Judge Stephen Breyer 1/14/14

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" . . enormous concern to the Holy See, not just about peace, but also about the freedom of access for religious worship in Jerusalem for all religions"

Is there even a shred of evidence that freedom of religious worship is lacking in Jerusalem? Is there not a mountain of evidence that practicing the "wrong" religion is extremely hazardous to your health in most other Middle East cities?

What is wrong with this guy and what is wrong with the journalists and reporters who lets him spew this BS without asking him what the hell he is talking about.
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No different than the 'war on women' etc. So typical - and Lurch delivers with his usual pompousness.

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Plenary indulgence?
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Kerry Messianic? I think it's more likely a burning personal desire to be in the limelight.

I'm sure he sees many days basking in the sun if he gets some kind of "agreement". I would be surprised if he still does not covet the Presidency and surely he hopes for some plum position in the next Democrat administration if that is out of reach.

The man has a high opinion of himself.

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Not to worry - my low opinion of him balances it all out.

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How many Catholic alter boys even know that the Vatican has a Secretary of State?
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Dream on! You've been an altar boy and one day you may be Catholic! Better stick to the doctrine, buddy. You're not going to pass the pearly gates on your good looks. Although if you don't may be you can room-mate with The Swimmer in his hot new apartment.
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Calling on the Pope to help rip the capital of Israel from them...because Kerry is SO pro-Israel.

The altar boy who believes in divorce, abortion, and forcing the Catholic Church to abandon its tenets.

Reporting for catechism duty.
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