Archbishop from Holy Land Plees for Pilgrims

by Steve Ray on October 17, 2007

Visit the Holy Land, Melkite prelate pleads

London, Oct. 3, 2007 (www.CWNews.com) – A Melkite Catholic archbishop has urged Christians of the Western world to "visit the living stones of the Holy Land, the Christians who live there," the Fides news service reports. Speaking at Westminster cathedral in London, on the 60th anniversary of the Catholic relief organization Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Elias Chacour recalled that Jesus was born in Galilee and that Christians in the Holy Land are the direct descendants of "the first men and women who heard the Good News."

"My forefathers were the first to listen to Jesus and be fascinated by what He had to say," Archbishop Chacour said. "We have kept the faith for over 2000 years." Acknowledging that violence and bloodshed have cast a shadow across the Holy Land, the archbishop reminded his listeners that "there is also the news of the empty tomb, where Jesus the Christ was laid and is risen. . . . "

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To see our upcoming pilgrimages to the Holy Land, click here. Our pilgrimages support the local Christians, especially in Bethlehem.

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