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Intervention of H. B. Fouad TWAL, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins (JERUSALEM)

The Mother Church of the Holy Land is a very concrete and living reality, even if a minority. Fundamentally, the Christians in our countries are not converted persons during a certain moment of history, but the descendants of the very first Community, formed by Jesus Christ Himself.
Some ecclesial and pastoral consequences for the Universal Church come from this:
- The Mother Church of Jerusalem, therefore is your Church where spiritually and ecclesially you were all born (Ps 87). She watches over the Holy Places of the Patriarchs, the Prophets, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Apostles for the whole Church. She is, as we were reminded by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, “the fifth Gospel”.
- The Mother Church of Jerusalem must therefore be the object of love, of prayer and of attention from all the Church, from all bishops, priests and faithful of the People of God. To be solidary with the Church of Jerusalem, to live communion and witness which this Synod speaks about, reveals our duties as shepherds and the episcopal collegiality.
- To love the Holy Land implies visiting the Holy Places and meeting with the local Community.
- To love the Holy Land is also to serve it: do not leave your Mother Church alone and isolated. Help her with your prayers, your love and your solidarity, avoiding that she become a great open-air museum. To be silent because of fear before the dramatic situation you all know about would be a sin of omission.
Also, we are very grateful to the Holy See, to the bishops, to the priests and to all the friends of the Holy Land for what they so generously do to support us spiritually and in a material way. We are also very thankful to the Congregation of Eastern Churches and to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

- The Christian Community of the Holy Land (barely 2% of the population) is suffering violence and instability. It is a Church of the Calvary. She has the weighty responsibility of perpetuating the message of peace and reconciliation. Despite the difficulties that seem overwhelming, we believe in God, the Master of history. For God “is the peace between us, and has made the two into one entity and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart... by restoring peace, to create a single New Man out of the two of them” (Eph 2:14-15).

[00056-02.04] [IN034] [Original text: French]


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