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Bishops hear the concerns of young people for peace and justice in the Holy Land

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The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, returned from the Holy Land on Thursday 18 January where he had been accompanying an international group of Roman Catholic Bishops under the leadership of the Bishop of Clifton, Bishop Declan Lang, on their annual pastoral visit to the region as part of the Holy Land Coordination Group.

This year’s visit had a specific focus on meeting young people from both Israel and Palestine, and involved visits to Gaza, the Hebrew University and schools, as well as a Nursing Programme in Quibeibeh which is supervised by Bethlehem University from which there is a very high rate of graduate employment.

Commenting on the visit Bishop Christopher said: ‘It has been a joy and a privilege to meet with young people in Israel and Palestine as part of the Holy Land Coordination, which I have now participated in for four consecutive years and to learn of their hopes for their future lives in the context of the current conflict.  Their voice has give us renewed encouragement to work for peace and justice throughout the region and it has been both humbling and heartening to engage with them’.

Following the visit, the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination Group issued a communique, in which they committed ‘with the help of God’s grace, to play our part in making this land more human and more worthy for the youth of today and the future’. The full text can be read at http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Holy-Land-Coordination-2018/Final-Communique

Photographs of the visit can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/albums