01 March 2018

Holy Sepulcher: Special interview with Custos Francesco Patton

Interview with the Custos of the Holy Land on the closure and re-opening of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and on the new phase of negotiations with the Government of Israel.

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Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“We are happy that, after 3 days of closure, we reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to be able to welcome the pilgrims who come here from all over the world.
The re-opening brought us great joy.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“The most difficult moment was when we had to decide for the right initiative to make our voices heard on the two issues that we have at heart: the discrimaniting bill that was going to undermine the right of ownership of the church, and the initiative of the local municipality that was aimed at disrupting the status quo on the one hand, but on the other hand, it was going to undermine our economic ability which allows us to be at the service of the local small Christian community.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“Our decision to make our voice heard was not an easy one.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“In the end, we agreed with the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Teophilos and with the Armenian Patriarch Manougian and his representatives on this unusual initiative: the closure of the Holy Sepulcher; we did hope it would be a short-term closure.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"Once we made the decision, we all supported it, then together we decided to close the Holy Sepulcher and together we announced it here on this square, in front of the door of the church.
As soon as the Prime Minister announced his important resolution to set up a committee that would allow dialogue and suspension of these two hostile initiatives, we agreed on both the reopening time (at this morning at 4) and on the declaration we made public yesterday evening.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“In fact, I could say that this initiative has revealed a profound unity not only among the three communities that are in charge of the Holy Sepulcher, but also unity among the other ecclesial communities present here in Jerusalem.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
“All the other churches expressed closeness, solidarity and unity with us and I must say that this is very positive; I also want to remark that we appreciate the solid cooperation that the local Christian community offered us: they understood that this was not a matter of defending the economic interests of this or that church, but it was about protecting the life of the Christian community here, in Jerusalem.”

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"We have received messages from all over the world, and, needless to say, some were even a little critical, but I have to say that, in most cases, the notes expressed closeness, understanding, solidarity and even prayer."

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"Now we must wait to meet the Minister and to be able to set up a dialogue with him."

Br. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"I personally am confident and always very supportive of dialogue: by nature and also because of my Christian and Franciscan spirituality, I do not like quarreling. I much prefer to be able to dialogue and to be able to describe the significance of our small Christian community here.”