“Particularly in Gaza, where the the Christian community is a very small community, I fear that because of the war, the risk is that the Christian community in Gaza will disappear. I hope not. But it is very dangerous for the Christians to remain in Gaza since now the information that we have are that the Christians are safe in this moment, but we don’t know the evolution during the next days.”
This is the impression offered by the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, OFM, who in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano’s Roberto Cetera discussed the dramatic escalation of violence, in Gaza by Hamas, which has caused alarm across the globe.
As if time of pandemic
Fr. Patton said the situation in Jerusalem at the moment borders on the surreal, with very few people outside.
“The situation in the Old City in this moment is something surreal, because there are no people in the streets, only police checking the situation,” he said. “It seems to be back to the time of the pandemic in the southern part of the country.”