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Jerusalem Patriarch sees continuing 'hemorrhage' of Christians leaving Holy Land

Catholic World News - May 22, 2012

“The exit of Christians from the Holy Land can be described as a real human hemorrhage,” according to the Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem.

In an interview with the Zenit news agency during a trip to Italy, Archbishop Fouad Twal said that the continuing fight of Christians from the Holy Land can be attributed to “the occupation, to the political situation, to the difficult conditions of life, to the lack of work, of trust.” The situation is unlikely to improve, he said, until peace can be established in the region.

For the Christians who remain, the Patriarch said that education is a key factor in providing for a brighter future. “A person with a degree, well prepared, can guarantee to himself and to others a better future,” he reasoned. Because young people are more likely to stay in their native lands if they have decent economic prospects, Archbishop Twal said that he has taken particular satisfaction in the opening of the Catholic University of Jordan.

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