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Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Melczek’s blog: Saturday, September 13, 2014


     On Saturday, 18 U.S. bishops, including myself, concelebrated Mass at the Church of the Flagellation located across from the first station of the Way of the Cross. Recalling how Jesus was stripped and beaten, we prayed for victims of violence in today's world.

     We then followed the Way of the Cross to the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate where we attended part of their Mass before meeting with the Patriarch who urged us to promote the peace process with a two-state solution. Yesterday, we met with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III.

     We then met with Patriarch Emeritus Sabbah, who gave a detailed analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and also urged the promotion of a two-state solution which would benefit the whole Middle East.

     During lunch, Jesuit Father David Neuhaus spoke of the efforts of the Latin Patriarch to serve the 150,000 Christian migrants from Asia and Africa, many of whom were rescued from sexual and/or labor trafficking.

     This afternoon we met with Faisal Husseini, a Muslim who created a foundation which works for social justice and empowerment of the Palestinian people in East Jerusalem. He urged our help in promoting peace in the Holy Land.

     Tonight Catholic Relief Services described the dire and haunting plight of people living in war-torn Gaza.



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Members of the USCCB's 2014 Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, including Bishop Dale J. Melczek (at left), celebrate Mass in the the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The pilgrimage takes place three weeks after a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. (photo by Jen Hardy/Catholic Relief Services)


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