Holy Land Archibishop appeals for friendship
Archbishop Elias Chacour of Galilee has made a passionate appeal on behalf of the Christians of the Holy Land during his homily at Westminster Cathedral
Preaching at a Mass for the 60th anniversary of Aid to the Church in Need recently, Archbishop Chacour, said that Jesus had come from Galilee and the Christians of Palestine today were direct descendants of the "very first people to hear the Good News of Jesus," the Independent Catholic News reported.
"It was my forefathers who first heard him and were fascinated with what he had to say" Archbishop Chacour said.
"I bring breaking news from the Middle East, not of violence and blood but news of the Empty Tomb, because the man in that tomb has risen and he is Jesus Christ.
"We have kept the faith for nearly 2,000 years. I have come here to beg you to give me something. Not money. Give money to a charity like Aid to the Church in Need. Give me your friendship. Come to visit us and you will be very welcome. Get to know us."
Archbishop Chacour said that Christians in Holy Land were "seriously threatened with extinction."
While Archbishop Chacour appealed for Christians around the world to befriend his people, he said he did not want them to take sides with Christians against Jewish or Muslim people.
"There has been enough cruelty on both sides between Palestians and Jews."
Independent Catholic News
2 Oct 2007