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News from the Latin Patriarchate

Jerusalem, 7.3.2008

Mr President Mahmoud Abbs Abu Mazen
President of the Palestinian Authority

ًWe the Patriarchs and Heads of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem  address this letter to you to express our condolences for all the victims who have fallen and are still falling in this wave of violence in Gaza. We share the tragedy with our people and with all those who are exposed to death today and to further violence. We know that you do not spare any effort in your attempts to reach a comprehensive and just peace. Nevertheless, we urge you to do whatever possible to find rapid and opportune ways to bring back the unity of the Palestinian people; heal all the wounds, in order that the tragedy of which all of us are victims, today more than ever, will come to an end. We join you with our prayers as we ask God to inspire you in efficient ways to reach agreement with the concerned Israeli Authorities to stop all violence, so as to work for the achievement of peace, despite all the grave difficulties which are known to all of us.
May God give you strength and wisdom to keep you well in order to lead the Palestinian people to peace and security.

Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem

Patriarch Theofilos III
Patriarch Michel Sabbah
Patriarch Torkom Manooghian
Fr Pier Battista Pizziballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land


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