I’m off on a “little adventure” today and tomorrow, but saw this and wanted to post it for those of you who might be interested.
Pope Francis has a message about a subject that is close to my heart: the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. I think Protestants can resonate with his message, as well as Catholics.
“My thoughts turn especially to the blessed land where Christ lived, died and rose again … and where the light of faith has not been extinguished, but instead burns brightly. It is the ‘light of the East’ that ‘has illumined that universal Church, from the moment when a rising sun appeared above us: Jesus Christ, our Lord’. As a consequence, each Catholic has a debt of gratitude towards the Churches that live in the region. From these we may learn, among other things, the patience and perseverance of the daily exercise, at times wearisome, of the ecumenical spirit and interreligious dialogue. The geographical, historical and cultural context in which they have lived for centuries has indeed made them natural interlocutors with numerous other Christian confessions and with other religions”.
“Considerable worry is caused by the conditions of life faced by Christians who in many parts of the Middle East suffer gravely as a consequence of current tensions and conflicts. Tears often still flow in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other areas in the Holy Land. The Bishop of Rome will not rest while there are still men and women, of any religion, whose dignity is undermined, who are deprived of the basic requirements for survival, robbed of their future, or forced to live as fugitives or refugees”.