Apr. 15, 2007 15:16 | Updated Apr. 16, 2007 9:05


In a dramatic about-face, the Vatican ambassador to the Holy Land attended the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday night at Yad Vashem, reversing an earlier decision that threatened to upset already delicate relations between Israel and the Vatican.

The planned boycott stemmed from a photo caption at the Holocaust museum referring to the silence of Pope Pius XII during World War II.

“Since my action was not intended as a move to disassociate myself from the commemoration but to call attention to the manner in which the pope is presented – my aim has been achieved,” Monsignor Antonio Franco said in an interview on Vatican Radio.