Wednesday, May 21, 2014
|The Pilgrimage begins tomorrow, May 24th|
Many of you have asked what happened once the Papal offices received our letter of concern for the children of Palestine, and whether or not His Holiness has agreed to speak out on their behalf during his May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land.
As you know, the original letter had over 200 clergy signatures, including 20 bishops. When we offered the letter for concerned citizens to sign, over 6,000 of you did so. Many, many thanks!
We have submitted the letter with signatures twice. We have not heard directly from the Pope. Because of that, we are working to find channels that will confirm delivery. We are also working towards more widely publicizing the letter.
Regarding the cause we care so much about, Archbishop Maroun Lahham, vicar of Jordan for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said in a recent news report: "in Palestine and in Israel, we're expecting him to offer some words of peace and justice. He will also visit a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem."
We therefore join our prayers with those of the suffering people of Palestine that Pope Francis will bring hope through words and deeds during his visit, and that for the sake of the children–all of them, both Palestinian and Israeli–he'll work "... to set the oppressed free."
Thank you all for your participation. May we continue our own efforts to "... to proclaim good news to the poor...to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind..."