Catholic leader asks Israel for help to stop attacks on Christian shrines
February 27, 2012
The head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has appealed to Israeli President Shimon Peres for help to curb attacks on Christian shrines.
Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa wrote to Peres after vandals defaced two Christian churches in Jerusalem by spray-painting slogans such as “Death to Christians.” The Franciscan leader saw the attacks as a “dangerous phenomenon.”
Father Pizzaballa reported that Peres reacted to his request “very seriously.” The vandalism is believed to be the work of an extremist Jewish group.