Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem issues Christmas message

Catholic World News - December 21, 2012

In his Christmas message, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem reviewed the year’s developments in interreligious and ecumenical relations as well as local political developments.

“Interreligious dialogue can only bear fruits in acts of mutual respect,” said Patriarch Fouad Twal. “I reiterate my dismay at the desecration of churches, convents, synagogues and cemeteries that offends everyone.”

“The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he continued. “We are full of compassion for the victims and our Church actively participates in receiving 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. We also pray for Jordan to maintain its stability and common sense that it always had.”

The patriarch also called upon President Barack Obama to take “immediate action in working for the two-state solution” toward Israeli-Palestinian peace and observed that “overall, Christian emigration [from Jerusalem] appears to be slowing.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,467 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,533.29
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Showing the Courage to battle homosexual impulses 1 hours ago
In other words, to be a Christian means this: 3 hours ago
Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration 7 hours ago
Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All 24 hours ago
Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod July 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21