Holy Land Coordination 2014

The 2014 Holy Land Co-ordination saw a delegation of 12 bishops, priests and other representatives of the worldwide Church make the annual visit to the lands of Christ's birth and ministry.

The programme included a two-day visit to Gaza before the Bishops met with representatives of Israeli civil society and policy makers in Tel Aviv.

The next stop was Bethlehem, where they were based for the remainder of the visit.

On Tuesday 14 January, the Bishops met with representatives of Palestinian civil society before meeting students and staff from Bethlehem University.

The delegation also visited projects supported by individual Bishops’ Conferences of the Holy Land Co-ordination focusing on education and youth empowerment schemes.

There was also a visit to the Cremisan Valley where the security wall threatens the livelihoods of over 50 Christian families based in Beit Sahour and Beit Jala (in the Bethlehem area).

The Christian community of Gaza is the focal point of this year’s visit to the Holy Land by Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa in support of the local Christian communities and the pastoral work of the Church at the service of all in the Holy Land. The Holy Land Co-ordination meets from 12 January to 16 January, 2014.

One of the key components of this year's Holy Land Co-ordination was a two-day visit to the Gaza Strip.

Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution.