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Israel permits young Gaza Christians to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

March 29, 2016

For the first time in eight years, Israeli officials have permitted Christians from the Palestinian territory of Gaza who are under the age of 35 to travel to Jerusalem for Easter.

“We had only one day to send our applications,” said Father Mario de Silva, the priest of Gaza’s Catholic parish. “On that day, February 20, 2016, 890 people showed up to register on the list of permit requests.”

“To our astonishment we learnt few days ago that 822 people were approved, 25 others were added later-- altogether 95% of applicants,” he added. “The most impressive thing was that the majority of young Christians got the permit … We praise the Lord for this grace.”


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