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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patriarch visits Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM – August 24, 2014 -  As part of visits, which His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, is performing, to the different religious communities in the Mother Church, he recently visited the Missionary Sisters of Charity (known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta), who live in the Old City of Jerusalem. 

He has also recently visited the Carmelite Sisters of Bethlehem and the Rosary Sisters, a local congregation born at the time of the restoration of the Latin Patriarchate in the mid 19th century.
In these days, the Patriarch took the opportunity to meet the many religious communities in the diocese. Indeed, the Bishop of Jerusalem has had more personal encounters with the sisters, learning about their ministries, their concerns and their needs. For his part, he finds that the visits give the opportunity to share with the communities the news of the local Church and universal Church and also entrusting intentions to their prayers.

Right now especially, the Patriarch asked religious communities to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family to be held in Rome from October 5-19, 2014. Communities are also encouraged to include any proposals that will enrich the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod.

In these very difficult times for the people of Gaza, it is no coincidence that the Patriarch visited the Missionaries of Charity and the Sisters of the Rosary, each of whom has a community of sisters in Gaza. The Patriarch spoke with them about the life they are living and was able to ask them about the situation faced by their sisters there.

The Missionaries of Charity and the Sisters of the Rosary in Gaza are now preparing to welcome newly assigned members to their communities. These, one a new superior, are nevertheless still stuck in Jerusalem until the permits are issued by the Israeli authorities to cross the Gaza border.

Before leaving their humble dwelling, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem was able to pray with the Missionary Sisters of Charity in the simple and prayerful chapel of the house, and implored upon them God’s blessing.

Firas Abedrabbo


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