Patriarch Twal: Jesus tells us "Peace is possible"
President Mahmoud Abbas,
Prime Minister, Rami Al Hamadallah,Honorable Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister,
Honorable Ambassadors and Consuls,My Brothers in the Episcopate and representatives of Churches
Dear Pilgrims and Faithful,
From the Grotto of Bethlehem, I express my best wishes for peace and joy!
Mr. President, thank you for coming tonight to celebrate Christmas with us. We pray for you and for your mission in finding a just and equitable solution to the present conflict, for Palestinian unity, for the peace and prosperity of your country. We ask God to grant you wisdom and courage. We also pray for all government leaders of the Middle East, especially for His Majesty King Abdullah Il Ben Al-Hussein of Jordan and guardian of the Holy Places in Palestine.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Christmas eve was a deep crisis for the Holy Family, “because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). That historic night reminds us of the long night into which our world and the Middle East are plunged....