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New York Archbishop Meets Pope

January 7, 1987

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Cardinal John O’Connor, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, met Wednesday with Pope John Paul II two days after arriving from a Middle East tour.

No details of the 90-minute luncheon meeting were released in keeping with Vatican policy on private audiences. The cardinal’s secretary, Monsignor John McCarthy, said there would be no comment.

O’Connor told reporters Tuesday that he would brief the pope on his trip to Israel and Jordan.

The cardinal became the center of controversy last week when he agreed to meet Israeli leaders in their Jerusalem offices. The Vatican asked him to cancel the meetings because the Holy See does not recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

O’Connor complied, but later a compromise was reached under which he met Israeli President Chaim Herzog at his home.

In Jordan, the cardinal suggested that the Vatican sponsor an international peace conference aimed at ending the Middle East conflict.

The prelate told a news conference Tuesday that he had not received any criticism from the Vatican over the trip.

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