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Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Melczek’s blog: Monday, September 15, 2014


      This morning, we left the hotel early in order to spend considerable time at the capital temple area. After visiting the Dome of the Rock, we prayed for peace at Wailing Wall.

     After driving through the Jordan Valley to the Mount of the Beatitudes, we celebrated Holy Mass for peace and then had lunch with the Franciscan sisters.

     Afterward, we proceeded to Tabgha, which in Greek means seven springs. That is where Jesus appeared for the third time after His resurrection and asked Peter three times, "Do you love Me?" before asking him to feed My lambs and feed My sheep. We visited the town of Capharnaum, where Jesus worked many miracles and did much teaching.

     We then proceeded to the town of Nazareth where we met with the patriarch's auxiliary and then went beneath the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the auxiliary bishop in charge of the north held a prayer sharing with Muslims and Jews in the auditorium.



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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), meet with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The 18 U.S. bishops celebrated Mass at the Patriarchate and met Greek Orthodox, Anglican and other Christian leaders. (photo by Jen Hardy/Catholic Relief Services)


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