Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, was sent by the Pope to the Holy Land. He will spend Christmas in Jerusalem. This was announced by the Dicastery for the Ministry of Mercy, whose prefect is a Polish cardinal. The Cardinal has already visited, among others, Bethlehem and local orphanages, and also met with several people who escaped from the Gaza Strip. The priest said earlier that in the Holy Land he would pray for “peace that – as we see – the world cannot give.”
Vatican News reported on Saturday that after his arrival, Cardinal Krajewski went to Bethlehem, where he prayed at the symbolic birthplace of Jesus and later visited three orphanages in the city.
He then went to the seminary of the Latin Patriarchate. It was added that the cardinal also met with four young people who got out of the Gaza Strip and came to tell him “about the hell that is this place.” “They came because they wanted me to tell the Holy Father about the current situation. They said that their relatives who stayed there live without water and electricity, and almost 600 people have taken shelter in the Catholic church in Gaza,” said the papal almoner, quoted by Vatican News.
Cardinal Krajewski: I will pray for peace
Earlier, the dicastery (administrative office of the Catholic Church) headed by Krajewski emphasized that the Pope, “saddened by the ‘Third World War in pieces’, prays every day for peace, asking loudly for an end to the conflicts that are bleeding the Earth: in tortured Ukraine, Syria, Africa and now in Israel and Palestine. It was added that the Pope’s desire is for Cardinal Krajewski’s trip to the Holy Land to be accompanied by a prayer for “the gift of peace in the territories where the clash of weapons still resounds.” It is recalled that on June 8, 2014, in the Vatican Gardens, the Pope prayed for peace in the presence of the then president Israel Shimon Peres and the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
The cardinal told Vatican Radio that a year ago, at Francis’ will, he spent Christmas on… Ukrainetogether with refugees and volunteers.
“These were war-time holidays. For these upcoming holidays, the Holy Father decided to send me to the Holy Land, to Jerusalem, to pray there, together with the local community and the Latin Patriarch and other religious leaders, for peace; for the peace that – as we see – the world cannot give,” he explained.
“I will spend these days in prayer in this place, so dear to all Christians,” the papal almoner said earlier.
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