Benedicto XVI en Peregrinación a Tierra Santa 2009


Papal visit to Holy Land renews hope amid conflicts and poverty

Jerusalem, Israel, May 20, 2009 / 10:54 pm (CNA) .- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land has renewed its peoples’ strength and hope despite its conflicts and its poverty, Caritas Jerusalem has said.

His assurances of his prayer and solidarity with those suffering have had a very strong impact on people of the Holy Land regardless of their religion, Fides reports. The Palestinian people have appreciated the moral authority of the Pope, while all hope that the international community will respond to his messages and open an authentic peace process to bring stability and harmony to the Holy Land. The charity Caritas Jerusalem supports poor families who are victims of conflict in the Holy Land and those who live in economic difficulty because of growing unemployment.

Caritas has provided $1.9 million in food, medical supplies, educational materials and other supplies. Their outreach touches nearly 10,000 families in the Gaza Strip.

The Caritas-run Polio Center in Gaza provides prosthetics to many of those maimed in war, giving them the possibility of living a normal life and allowing them to return to their normal activities.





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