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Visiting bishops assure Holy Land Christians: You are not forgotten

January 14, 2016

Concluding a visit to the Holy Land, a group of bishops from Europe, America, and South Africa have issued a statement assuring the Christians of the region: “You are not forgotten.”

The Catholic bishops, who traveled to the Middle East under the auspices of the Holy Land Coordination, underlined the need for Christians worldwide to support their embattled brothers in the Holy Land. “The ongoing violence makes it all the more urgent that we remember and assist all, especially those on the margins, who seek to live in justice and peace,” they said.

The bishops’ statement gave special recognition to the people of Gasa, who “effectively live in a prison,” and those in the Cremisan Valley, where the construction of a separation wall “in violation of international law” endangers their livelihood. They also sent a message of solidarity to Christian refugees living in Jordan.

Commenting on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the bishops of the Holy Land Coordination said: “The right of Israel to live in security is clear, but the continuing occupation eats away at the soul of both occupier and occupied.” They called for more urgent international action to resolve the conflict “so the two peoples and three faiths can live together in justice and peace.”

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