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Israeli prelate challenges Catholics to visit, support Christians in Holy Land

Catholic World News - October 26, 2011

A Melkite Catholic archbishop has urged Canadian Catholics to visit the Holy Land and show their support for Christians there.

Speaking to an audience in Ontario, Archbishop Elias Chacour of Haifa said that he was “here to beg you to give me your friendship and solidarity.” He asked: “Are you ready when you visit the Holy Land to make that act of solidarity?"

Archbishop Chacour identified himself as an Arab, a Palestinian, a Christian, and an Israeli citizen. All these identities are compatible, he insisted. The archbishop observed that Christians, Jews, and Muslims have lived together in the Holy Land for centuries, and despite their differences he insisted that they can learn to live together peacefully again.

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