Archbishop calls for end to Gaza violence as bishops visit Holy Land
Fr. Manuel Musallam and Archbishop Twal
Fr. Manuel Musallam and Archbishop Twal

.- About to commence his trip to the Holy Land, Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement on the Gaza crisis. Calling for an end to the violence, he noted the struggles of the small Christian community in Gaza and the “unique vocation” of the Church in the Holy Land.

“Everyone I meet at this time speaks with immense sadness of the suffering and destruction taking place in Gaza and the fears of the people in Israel because of rocket attacks,” Archbishop Kelly said on Tuesday, saying he shares such sadness.

“The conflict has deep roots but the priority now must be the immediate end to all violence,” he continued. “Violence is evil especially when it blocks humanitarian relief desperately needed. Because the roots are so deep and complex this outburst of violence cries out for such wise and courageous leadership that justice for all those for whom the Holy Land is home is achieved so that all violence is relegated to the past and peace shall be secured for generations to come.”

“I am also very conscious at this time of the small Christian community living in Gaza. The people, religious sisters and parish priest, Fr. Manuel, need our prayers as they struggle to witness to the Gospel of Peace.

“The Church in the Holy Land has a unique vocation,” he continued, saying his visit is one means to stand alongside Christians living throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.”

The archbishop will be leading a group of European and North American bishops to the Holy Land from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15. The group, part of the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land, aims to act in solidarity with local Christians and to share in the pastoral life of the local Church as it suffers intense political and social-economic pressure.

“The purpose of the Holy Land co-ordination has always been to accompany the Churches in the Holy Land in their fidelity to two God-given tasks: never to be silent in the face of injustice or violence and always to proclaim and live the reconciliation accomplished by our Lord on a hill called Calvary,” Archbishop Kelly explained.

He added that the situation in Gaza makes the visit “a clear call from the Holy Spirit.”

“I join with the Holy Father and the leaders of the Church in the Holy Land in their prayer for the dead, the injured, the broken hearted, those who mourn and live night and day in fear,” the bishop concluded.

During their visit, Archbishop Kelly and the visiting bishops will meet with students at Bethlehem University and with seminarians at Beit Jala seminary. They will hold Mass at parishes and meet with parishioners across the West Bank. In addition, they will walk to Bethlehem with West Bank schoolchildren.

The visiting bishops will also receive briefings from the papal nuncio and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials, and conduct ecumenical meetings.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: