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Latin Patriach directs his Bethlehem homily to Israelis


Jerusalem's Latin Patriarch issued a strong appeal in a Christmas Midnight Mass on Wednesday for an end to strife and freedom for Palestinians from Israeli occupation.

Speaking in French to a packed congregation in the Roman Catholic Saint Catherine's church, adjoining the Church of the Nativity where by tradition Jesus was born, Patriarch Michel Sabbah told Israelis:

"Blood has been flowing in your cities and streets, but the key to solving this conflict is in your hands. By your actions so far, you have crushed the Palestinian people but you still have not achieved peace."

He called for "a new vision" to achieve peace and security.

SOURCE
Ha'aretz-Reuters



27 Dec 2002