Patriarch Twal opened the Holy Door in the parish of the Holy Family in Gaza. The Year of Mercy has also begun in war-torn Gaza.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy has also begun in the Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, December 20, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, opened the Holy Door, with a Mass celebrated in the parish of the Holy Family.
His Exc. Mons. Marcuzzo, Vicar of Nazareth, Chancellor Don George Ayub, several priests of the Patriarchate and leaders of Catholic Charities also participated in the celebration of this Mass.
Initially, there were only two Holy Doors in the Holy Land: in Nazareth and in Jerusalem. However, the Christian community in Gaza, unable to leave the territory because of political restrictions, could not take part in the Jubilee. The Patriarch, therefore, decided to add a Holy Door inside the Strip.