Catholic parish in Gaza bombed

Pope Francis has been in frequent contact with the priest mentioned in this article.  What he has been hearing from this priest prompted this impassioned plea, complete with his voice cracking as he said it at this last Sunday’s Angelus:  “Brothers and sisters, never war!  Never warI think especially of the children, war removes the hope of a decent life, a future child’s death, wounded children, children maimed, orphaned children, children who play with remnants of war as toys, children who do not know how to smile. Stop, please! I ask you with all my heart. It ‘time to stop! Stop, please!”   I was reminded of Archbishop Romero’s similar cry to stop the violence in his country the day before he was assassinated .  Are we ever going to learn??…Reyanna

Original article from Religion Digital, translated by Rebel Girl, July 30, 2014, Iglesia Descalza Blogspot.

The Holy Family Catholic parish, located in the al-Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza and until today a stronghold in which 29 disabled children and nine elderly women aided by three nuns found refuge, was also hit by Israeli bombs. This morning, in fact, the bombing destroyed the home of the Institute of the Incarnate Word nuns within the facility. The explosions also damaged the old parochial school, the pastor’s office and other areas.  (To continue reading, click here.)

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One Response to Catholic parish in Gaza bombed

  1. Rick Aldred says:

    How often we forget that there is a small but ancient Christian population in the Middle East. In Madaba, Jordan, we visited an Orthodox Church with a 3rd Century mosaic map of that area showing the Dead Sea, the Sea (or lake) of Galilee, the river Jordan connecting them, and all the Christian churches arrayed around them. In Jordan, Christians are a small minority, 2%, but trace their family roots back to the earliest Christian times.

    To put things in geographical perspective, Israel, Jordan, and the Gaza strip would fit into Montana twice. It is 101 miles from Amman the capital of Jordan to Ashkelon in the Gaza strip. That’s less distance than the drive from here in Missoula to Bozeman.

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