The Vatican is evading questions on whether or not it is holding artifacts from the Second Bais Hamikdosh, Rabbi Yonatan Shtenzel told Arutz Sheva correspondents Wednesday, in what he calls “diplomatic evasion.”
Talmudic sources note that several of the keilim from the Second Bais Hamikdosh ended up in the Vatican’s hands, Rabbi Shtenzel said.
There is recent evidence that the Vatican still has these vessels in its possession, he argued.
Rabbi Shtenzel spoke at length about the personal experiences of Rabbi Yisroel Miller, a Satmar chossid from Yerushalayim who visited the Vatican and stated that he had seen several of the keilim in person, and of former Religious Affairs Minister Professor Shimon Shitrit, who stated several years ago that Italian academics had contacted him about the keilim. The information later led to a diplomatic falling-out between the Religious Affairs Ministry and Pope John Paul II; yet the Vatican still remains quiet over the fate of the vessels.
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