“We were welcomed by families whose focus is now day-to-day survival and whose aspirations have been reduced to bare essentials such as electricity and clean water.”
Bishop Treanor said that while he was always wary of drawing over simplified conclusions, religions and churches had a role in promoting peace and understanding in Northern Ireland in the recent past and in particular during the past year when the political institutions were not functioning there.
The bishops are determined to go to Gaza to help remind the small Christian community that they are not forgotten as Christians.
“This is life in Gaza. No food. No money. No health care. Living in fear. The situation is reaching crisis level and is close to becoming unliveable.” – Sr Bridget Tighe
"This latest move is further evidence of the disregard the US administration has for the lives of vulnerable people." – Éamonn Meehan
A seven-year-old in Syria has never known peace; a seven-year-old in Gaza has survived two separate wars; a seven-year-old in South Sudan has experienced both famine and civil war in their short life.
“Our first purpose is to give support and encouragement to the increasingly small Catholic community in the Holy Land,” says Bishop Donal McKeown.
“It is our faith in God that gives us hope. It is the witness of Christians in the Holy Land and especially the young people we met that inspires us.”
Representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths in Ireland sign Joint Declaration on Holy Land and present it to Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.
President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales praises “witness and strength” of small Catholic community of 170 people out of a total population of 1.8 million.
Holy Land Coordination group will celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and visit the Christian community of Beit Jala which has suffered the loss of land and livelihood.
Tens of thousands of families lack adequate shelter while the blockade "dramatically impedes rebuilding" and contributes to desperation, bishops warn.
Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel & Emly and Bishop Raymond Browne of Kerry will join the bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination in solidarity visit.
Memorialising must consider violence, carnage, and suffering of the innocent in Gaza, Israel, Syria, Ukraine and Iraq today, Church of Ireland Primate suggests.