On January 20th, 2023, His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem attended the annual meeting of the scouts of the Palestine Catholic Scouts Association of St. John The Baptist, in Beit Sahour.
Before the meeting, His Beatitude presided over a Mass attended by the scouts, and concelebrated by Fr. Issa Hijazin, priest of Beit Sahour, Fr. Luis Salman, priest of Zababdeh and Fr. Tony Hayen, spiritual leader of the Association.
In his homily, His Beatitude spoke of the great role that scouts play in the lives of the Christian youth in the Holy Land, as it is one of the most important activities and commitment they experience. He went on to say that the role of a scout is not limited to Christmas celebrations, but is also a way of life that focuses on two important values: the spirit of unity and communion within the community, and the cultural and social upbringing of the youth here in the Holy Land.