Over 60 Anglican and Roman Catholic representatives gathered at Lambeth Palace last week for FHL’s second national Diocesan Coordinators conference. With 25 Catholic and Anglican dioceses represented, it reflected FHL’s ecumenical and apolitical credentials. Dean Hosam Naoum of St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem urged those attending to engage in “hope filled action” by working together through FHL to support vulnerable Christians living in the Holy Land. The day focused on the importance of pilgrimage, particularly the experience of ecumenical pilgrimage, and the growth and success of FHL since its foundation in 2009.
Friends of the Holy Land are bringing significant funding to the Gaza Strip to support and nurture Christian youth employment. Gaza’s Christian population numbers just 1,200 and without sustainable investment in the next generation it could disappear entirely. After years of armed conflict and a near total blockade, many among the Christian community find their situation unbearable. It is reported that around 40 Christians left Gaza earlier this year using Easter permits and did not return, the main reason being a lack of jobs.
28th November 2016
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His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, hosted a lunch last Saturday (11th June) to further the work of ‘The Friends of The Holy Land’ (FHL). The event, held at the Papal Nunciature in Wimbledon, was organised by John Scanlon KCSG, KGCHS on behalf of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem which supports the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land and FHL who focus on grass roots support to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.