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Bishop of Galloway to spend night in Gaza

Bishop William Nolan is part of a delegation who will meet in the Holy Land from January 11 to 16, where they will promote dialogue and peace, with pastoral visits to Christians in Gaza, East Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The trip is still scheduled to go ahead despite increasing safety concerns in the Middle East relating to ongoing tensions between Iran and the US.

On Wednesday officials in Iran threatened to bomb Israel and Dubai if the US Government escalated the situation following the assassination of a top Iranian Army General.

 

Supporting Christians

The Holy Land event was set up more than 20 years ago at the invitation of the Holy See with the aim of visiting and supporting the Holy Land’s local Christian communities as they experience the political and socio-economic realities of living in Israel and Palestine.

The bishops will be based in Ramallah with an overnight visit to Gaza. This year the HLC20 will celebrate Sunday Mass with the small Christian community in Gaza.

This Christmas, the Israeli government prevented Gazan Christians from visiting Bethlehem or families and relatives in the West Bank so the bishops are determined to go to Gaza and remind the small Christian community that they are not forgotten as Christians.

 

Solidarity

This act of solidarity will be followed by a visit to the House of Peace run by the Missionaries of Charity; visits to Christian parishioners and a pastoral visit to the sick in the community.

Bishop Nolan will also meet with young people in both Jerusalem and Ramallah to listen to their hopes and experiences as they grow up in a country of conflict.

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