Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Building bridges to the Holy Land

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 gennaio 2010

2010 will see the annual visit (10-14 January) to the Christian peoples and Churches in the Holy Land by a 26-strong delegation of bishops and representatives from Bishops’ Conferences and church bodies from Europe and North American countries. The annual visit is organised by the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land (Holy Land Co-ordination) and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops in the Holy Land. This year, at the explicit mandate of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences members of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), which met in Plenary session in Paris from 1-4 October 2009, the CCEE General Secretary, Fr Duarte da Cunha, will be part of the delegation.The delegation will begin its journey meeting the Christian communities in Gaza and parishes in the West Bank. Subsequently, there are scheduled meetings with the local populations, young priests and seminarians, a visit to the University of Bethlehem and Beit Safa Seminary. Particularly important will be the meetings, on Wednesday 13 January, with President Shimon Peres and President Mahmud Abbas. The visit will end on Thursday 14 January in Jerusalem with a celebation at the Holy Sepulchre and a News Conference.

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