On the occasion of the Jewish New Year, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land and its Committee for Relations with the Jewish People sent greetings to the State President, the Prime Minister, ministers, mayors, Chief Rabbis and government authorities. The message text t read:
« Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. »
We wish you and all our Jewish brothers and sisters a blessed New Year of 5774. During this time of prayers for repentance, revival and renewal and we join our prayers for this country, our troubled region and our world.
In this New Year, may we work together with more commitment, courage and perseverance for justice and peace, for pardon and reconciliation, for all that can be described as “tikkun olam” in this land and throughout the world.
Shana Tova and Gmar Hatima Tova
Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land
+ Fouad TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
+ Giuseppe LAZZAROTTO
Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine
Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus
+ Giorgio LINGUA
Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan
+ Michel SABBAH
Latin Patriarch Emeritus
+ Elias CHACOUR
Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
Vice President, ACOHL
+ Yaser Al-AYYASH
Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia
+ Boutros MOUALLEM
Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Akka
+ Moussa EL-HAGE
Maronite Archbishop of Haifa
Maronite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan
+ Gregoire Pierre MELKI
Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch – Jerusalem
+ Joseph Jules ZEREY
Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem
+Youssef Antoine SOUEIF
Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus
+ Maroun LAHHAM
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
+ Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel
+ William SHOMALI
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine
+ Kamal-Hanna BATHISH
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
+ Selim SAYEGH
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
Latin Archbishop of Baghdad
Greek Melkite Apostolic Administrator in Jordan
Rt. Rev. Arch Joseph KELEKIAN
Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman
Very Rev. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M.
Custos of the Holy Land
Rev.Fr. Jerzy KRAJ, OFM.
Patriarcal Vicar for Cyprus
Rev. David NEUHAUS, S.J.
Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholic Vicariate
President, Commission for Dialogue with Jews People
Rev. Raymond MOUSSALLI
Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
Rev. Pietro FELET, SCJ
Secretary General, ACOHL