13 February 2018

Jerusalem, Christian identity themed with the religious of the Holy Land

Over 70 members of the Episcopal Committee for Consecrated Life in the Holy Land met in Abu Gosh with Mons. Pizzaballa to discuss about their assignments and about the significance of the Holy City.

Christians in the Holy Land

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Why are we here? What does Jerusalem mean to us?
Many were the questions discussed on Saturday, February 10, during one of the meetings held by the Episcopal Committee for Consecrated Life in the Holy Land, held in Abu Gosh.

St. Peter in Gallicantu - Director ECCL
"The religious who meet here today - we are about 70 - come from Galilee, from Bethlehem and from Jerusalem. They represent the thirty male congregations which, at the invitation of the Latin Patriarchate, began to meet in the mid-19th century and, to this day, continue to do so.”

Presently, Jerusalem is able to welcome about 600 religious (not counting the female component), due to the overwhelming majority of foreigners: a precious presence, which implies, however, a great responsibility, Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who led the meeting, pointed out.

Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
"The Catholic Church of the Holy Land is very rich in its diversity of: languages, services, charisms, etc, but it is at risk of becoming a fragmentation, where everyone lives for themselves in many separate islands or small ghettos, where they do wonderful things, but within their own context, without a great communication with one another.The challenge of the Church of Jerusalem is to find unity, its challenge is to find unity again.”

And yet, we must serve the city instead of using it, we must integrate ourselves into society to foster an education that promotes forgiveness, peace and love, in a city context in which Christians, now less than 8,000, risk losing their ties with Jerusalem.

Trappist Latrun Monastery – Secretary ECCL
"I am very happy to participate in this meeting with our bishop, who told us some very interesting things about the role of the consecrated life in the Holy Land and who explained to us why the role of the church in Jerusalem, which at the same time is the mother church of all the churches and the local church, is absolutely important.”