His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a March for Peace. He will be joined by heads of churches from the Holy Land, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the US and Latin America, along with 800 children from 20 towns and villages in the Palestinian territories and Galilee
Press Release – HCEF
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His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a March for Peace. He will be joined by heads of churches from the Holy Land, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the US and Latin America, along with 800 children from 20 towns and villages in the Palestinian territories and Galilee. This march is a call for security and safety for the Children, peace, freedom of faith and prayer for the souls of the innocents who died.
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem are organizing the fifth “Journey to Bethlehem, a March for Peace”, cosponsored by Caritas Jerusalem and the Pontifical Mission to Palestine. The Journey is a gathering of hundreds of children, local and international Church Leaders, heads of organizations and civil bodies who will proceed together from the catholic Action club at 14:30 on Sunday January 11, 2009 to the Church of the Nativity to the Cradle of Humanity.
“.. On these first days of the year 2009, we pray our Lady of Palestine, to protect this land with all its inhabitants, to stop this savage war that just started, to revive peace amongst nations and to safeguard our human and religious families” +His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal,
Coming from all corners of the world Patriarchs, Bishops and heads of organizations will lift up the prayers of hundreds of children, boys and girls, from 20 different communities in Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus, Zababdeh, Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, and Galilee, together calling for peace and justice in the Holy Land.
“ ..We raise our prayers to the Child in the manger to inspire the authorities and decision makers on both sides, the Israelis and Palestinians, for immediate action to end the current tragic situation in the Gaza Strip. We pray for the victims, the wounded and the broken-hearted. May the Lord God Almighty grant all those who have lost loved ones consolation and patience? We pray for all those living in panic and fear, that God may bless them with calm, tranquility and true peace” Statement by the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem on the current devastating situation in Gaza, December 30 2008.
“..Unfortunately, this New Year started with war in the Holy Land. People in Gaza are suffering greatly. Hundreds of innocent people, women and children, have been killed and maimed, and our prayers for peace, support and solidarity are much needed.”
Rateb Rabie, KCHS, HCEF President/CEO
Join us on this day of prayer and solidarity with humanity and peace. Let us pray that the souls of those who died will rest in peace and for those who are left behind, let us pray that they will be comforted with an end to injustice and reclamation of human dignity amongst people.
A PRESS CONFERENCE IS CONVENED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EVENT