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Pope Benedict in the Holy Land
By Joseph Cornelius Donnelly – Caritas Internationalis Head of International Delegation to the United Nations and Special Advisor for the Holy Land & Peace Building
Like countless others across the centuries and diverse religious traditions, Pope Benedict comes as a person of faith. He comes as a pilgrim entering the crossroads of the Abrahamic traditions and the history of salvation in the extremely complex, challenging landscape of the Middle East in the ninth year of the twenty-first century A.D. Continue reading
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Claudette Habesch, Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem
As a member of the Mother Church, I welcome the visit of the Holy Father to the Holy Land. His pilgrimage is reason for us to hope and to be optimistic and it carries with it a lot of meaning and a special message.
His visit comes in the context of the War on Gaza, and ongoing political instability. The future of the people of this land is very unclear and peace does not seem to be closer to becoming a reality sometime soon. I am sure that to see the people of this land live in suffering and hurt tinged with injustice, intolerance and the inability to solve the conflict that has reaped too many innocent victims is unacceptable. This makes this pilgrimage carry a lot of profound meaning, especially with all the controversy surrounding it, and considering the challenging political and social situation in the Holy Land. Continue reading