On the violence in Israel and Palestine
Dear Beloved of El Camino Real,
These past few days our news and social media have borne witness to the horror of the war between Israel and Palestine. While some will have strong leanings toward one side or the other, we know that the situation is complex, as it has been throughout the history of that area. Many of us who have had the privilege to travel through the Holy Land know of the layers of centuries of violence visible in the ruins and present in the holy sites. The international community, also aware of the complexities of the area, has mixed views. We are all deeply concerned.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Archbishop Hosam Naoum is a colleague and dear friend of many, and he and his family and leaders work very hard to be a reconciling and peace-keeping presence in Israel and Palestine.
With faith and hope,
Photo: The residence of Dr. Maher Ayyad, Medical Director of Ahli Hospital, was destroyed in an airstrike on a residential neighborhood in Gaza.