Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the Vatican on Sunday not to let a contentious reference to World War II Pope Pius XII put off a visit to the Holy Land by the present pontiff.
A caption accompanying a photograph on display at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial alleges the wartime Pope did not act to save Jews from the Nazi genocide.
A Catholic official promoting the cause which could lead to sainthood for Pius said the caption was an obstacle to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, but a spokesman for Benedict said that the spat is not standing in the way of a visit.
Peres told reporters that the issue should not be a barrier.
"The visit to the holy country (has) nothing to do with anger or disputes," Peres said. "It's holy all the time, it's holy for all of us."