It has long been known that in the Vatican catacombs are many Jewish artifacts that have yet to be released back to the Jews. This is completely shameful on the part of the Vatican. Pope John Paul II while in Israel during an historic visit in 2000 made a formal apology to all Jews on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church for the Vaticanâ€™s indifference to the plight and suffering of Jews during the holocaust that took place during World War II. Yet they still to date hold on to artifacts belonging to the Jewish people.
There are countless books and artifacts in the Vatican catacombs. Many important writings and other objects of religious and historical significance to the Jews that are located in the Vaticanâ€™s present dwellings. One in particular comes to mind is the Menorah that is from the Temple of Solomon.
This was posted on Free Republic in 2004:
When the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 70 A.D., they took huge amounts of booty home. Legend has it that religious articles from the Temple, including the menorah, were among them.
The Arch of Titus in Rome depicts victorious Roman legions marching off with the seven-branch menorah in hand.
Amar said the Vatican official denied the menorah was there.
â€œMy heart tells me this is not the truth, but that it is some kind of camouflage,â€ Amar said. An aide to the rabbi said the Vatican was not likely to permit a search.
The Vatican will allow the rabbis to view rare Jewish manuscripts in its possession, Amar said.
He said if the rabbis were to come across â€œother objects,â€ they would be happy to bring them home.
The menorah was the most important symbol of the Temple after the Ark of the Covenant. The image of the biblical menorah is the symbol of the modern state of Israel.
Some Orthodox Jews believe the restoration of the menorah and other holy vessels to Jerusalem would be the first step in rebuilding the Temple, whose site is now occupied by the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine of Islam.
There is this interesting fact also:
The fact that the Vatican holds these holy Temple vessels has been very well know since 70 CE and many Jews traveled to the Vatican when they could do so to look for them and to see them. Some of the travelers testified that they had personally seen the golden Menorah and the vessels in the basements of the Vatican. Some priests have even confirmed the fact that the Menorah and holy vessels are in the Vatican.
To date it is shameful that none of these artifacts have been returned to their rightful owner – THE JEWS. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON THE VATICAN!
Crossposted from The HILL ChroniclesÂ