North American, UK bishops to visit Holy Land, urge inter-religious dialogue

.- Bishops representing the North American and British episcopal conferences will travel to the Holy Land this week in an effort to better understand the pastoral challenges facing the Church and the region, and to encourage inter-religious dialogue.

The bishops will travel from Jan. 11 to 18th. During this time, they will attend a meeting of the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land, which was established at the Vatican’s request in 1998.

The Co-ordination represents the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, and the Catholic bishops’ conferences of Austria, Canada, England and Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Representatives from the respective bishops’ conferences are scheduled to meet with a range of civic, political and religious leaders during the eight-day visit, including a possible meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. A meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been scheduled in Ramallah and will be followed by a public Mass.

The clerics traveling to the Holy Land for this meeting include: Bishop William Skylstad (United States); Bishop Christopher Budd of Plymouth and Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool (England & Wales), and Bishop Gilles Cazabon, OMI, of Saint-Jérôme and Msgr. Mario Paquette (Canada).

Bishop Skylstad will be joined by Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops’ International Justice and Peace office. The U.S. delegation also plans to visit Gaza, Bethlehem and other Palestinian territories with representatives of Catholic Relief Services, the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.

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?)

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 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »


Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: