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The motion signed by MPs from five different parties also recognises the Pope’s leading contribution to tackling climate change, promoting sustainable development, welcoming refugees, building peace, encouraging prison reform, protecting religious freedom, and advancing global abolition of the death penalty.
Advent is a time of prayer, anticipation and reflection. It’s also a time of reconciliation. There are few regions in the world that need the hands and hearts of reconciliation more than the Middle East.
As we light Advent candles in our churches and prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, it’s second-nature to look to the Holy Land and reflect on the people of the lands where Jesus was born. But how accurately do we contemplate the realities they are facing?
We’re inching very close to a significant milestone for the Bishop’s Conference produced Middle East Analysis podcasts. This programme is the 99th in a series that started just as those popular uprisings took hold in the region in what was then called the “Arab Spring” in late 2010, early 2011.
Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the international affairs department for the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, has called for an end to the targeting of civilians in the conflict in Syria, particularly in East Aleppo.
The following article went out in The Catholic Universe today, Friday 4 March, in it Bishop Declan Lang says the Catholic community has a duty to stand up against the persecution of atheists around the world. Full article below.
It’s a bit too late for Happy New Year greetings but today does see us enter our modest radio studio for the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2016.
The focus for today’s programme is the Holy Land Coordination – a week long pilgrimage made by bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa to visit and support the local Christian communities of the Holy Land.
“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.” (Laudato si’ 229). As the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, we echo Pope Francis’ plea in his recent Encyclical Letter, Laudato si’ (Praise Be to You), to remember our interdependence in an integrated world.
Fr Mario da Silva is a Brazilian priest working in a small Catholic parish. Not unusual you might think. That is until you learn that Fr Mario’s ministry is to offer spiritual support to the Christians of Gaza – that beleaguered, small strip of Palestinian land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean bordering Egypt and Israel.
As Chair of International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and also of the Holy Land Coordination, I have been following with mounting concern the violence that has taken hold again in many parts of Israel and Palestine.