The bishops of the Holy Land Coordination traveled to the Holy Land from Europe, North America and South Africa to express the Church’s closeness to the Christian communities of Israel and Palestine.
Challenges, conflicts and attempts at reconciliation: in this context, the Holy Land welcomed the Holy Land Coordination, a group of bishops who arrived in the Holy Land from different countries. The purpose of the visit was to promote dialogue, mutual respect and peace, as constantly requested by Pope Francis.
Among the various appointments: prayers in the holy places, such as the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the holiest sites of Christianity. The Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, presided over the Mass. In his homily, he spoke of physical death and ethics in this holy and difficult land. “From this place, however,” he recalled, “Christians must learn to be witnesses of life, which is stronger than death.”