AGENDA for Meeting of Bishops’ Conference Presidents with Assembly of Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land Jerusalem January 21-24, 2001 Knights Palace Hotel, New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem

Meeting of Bishops’ Conference Presidents
with Assembly of Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land
January 21-24, 2001

Monday, January 21

Accommodations and Meeting Site: Knights Palace Hotel,  New Gate, adjacent to Latin Patriarchate, Old City, Jerusalem

18:30h   Meeting for Heads of Delegation and Staff [to review schedule and assignments]

19:30h   Ecumenical Reception
Tuesday, January 22

8:00h Eucharist (Co-cathedral)

8:45h    Breakfast

10:00h  Plenary Meeting

Opening Prayer
Chair (Rotating) – Bishop Wilton Gregory, President, United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops
Welcome – Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine
Overview of Program – Father Drew Christiansen, S.J.
First Panel – The Church in Israel, Archbishop Boutros Mouallem Melkite Archbishop of Akko
Bishop Giacinto Boutros Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel

11:30h  Break

11:45h  Second Panel – The Church in Jordan

Bishop Selim Sayegh, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan: The Community of Saint James the Apostle (Hebrew-speaking Community)
Very Reverend Jean-Baptiste Gurion, O.S.B. Olivetan Patriarchal Vicar for the Hebrew-speaking Community

12:55h  Break

13:00h  Dinner (with guests from the local Church)

14:00h  Reposo/Recreation

15:30h  Coffee

16:00h  Plenary Meeting

Chair (Rotating)  – Bishop Patrick A. Kelly, Chairman, International Affairs, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Opening Prayer
Third Panel- The Situation of Christians in the Palestinian Territories,  Bernard Sabella, Middle East Council of Churches
A Vision for the Future, Violette Raheb

17:15h Break

17:30h Fourth Panel – Political Perspective on Christians in Israel and Palestine 

Part I – Mr. Yossi Beilin, Labor Party, Israel
Mr. Sari Nuseibeh, President, al Quds University, Palestinian Authority Representative in Jerusalem
Part II – Assembly of Catholic, Ordinaries of the Holy Land

18:55h  Prayer and Recess

19:00h  Refreshments

19:30h  Supper (with guests from the local Church)

20:30h Meeting of Executive Committee, Secretaries and Staff
Wednesday, January 23
8:00h  Eucharist : at the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem

9:00h  Breakfast

10:00h  Plenary Meeting

Chair (Rotating), Bishop Jacques Berthelet,CSV, President, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Opening Prayer
Overview of Day – Father Drew Christiansen,S.J.

10:15h  Presentation of the Proposed Plan of  the Assembly, (Patriarch Michel Sabbah and Others)

11:15h  Break

11:30h Small Group Discussion

12:50h  Break

13:00h  Dinner

14:00h  Reposo/Recreation

15:30h  Co-Secretary, Small Group Convenors and Staff Meet

16:30h  Coffee

17:00h  Plenary

Chair (Rotating), Bishop Manfred Melzer, German Bishops’ Conference
Opening Prayer
Reading of Outline of Points for Response
Reading of Draft Communique

18:50h Prayer and Recess

19:00h  Refreshments

19:30h  Supper (with guest speaker(s), tba)

[20:30h  Staff prepares final texts]

 Thursday, January 24  

8:00h  Breakfast

9:00h  Plenary Session

Chair (Rotating) Bishop Giuseppe Merisi, Italian Episcopal Conference
Opening Prayer
Overview of Day – Father Drew Christiansen, S.J.
Review, Amendment and Approval of  Message/Response
Review, Amendment and Approval of Proposals for Action
Review Amendment and Approval of Communique
Discussion of Next Steps

11:00h   Preparation for Solemn Eucharist, Preparation for Courtesy Visits

11:15h  Proceed to Site of Solemn Eucharist

12:00h   Solemn Eucharist in St. Catherine Church, Principal Celebrant: Patriarch Michel Sabbah

14:00h   Dinner, Bethlehem University, Host: Brother Vincent Malham, F.S.C., Vice Chancellor, Bethlehem University

15:00h   Discussion with Christian Brothers and Faculty

16:00h   Time Open for Courtesy Visits in Two Parties

18:30h   Press Conference

19:30h   Supper (Alternate Time for Courtesy Visit)

20:30h    Vespers (Co-cathedral)