Holy Land journey: I leave with fears and hope

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY TEN: Jan. 14, 2010 JERUSALEM — The last formal gathering of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land took place this morning. At that session the participating bishops from Europe, Canada, and the United States signed a formal communiqué […]

Holy Land journey: A creative initiative; the sadness of Hebron

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY NINE: Jan. 13, 2010 JERUSALEM — Two experiences highlighted our gatherings today. The first was an opportunity to spend some time with the Maronite archbishop of Haifa and the Holy Land, Archbishop Paul N. Sayah. Our conversations covered a wide range of important issues. One of […]

Holy Land journey: Glimpses of hope amid the frustration

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY EIGHT: Jan. 12, 2010 JERUSALEM — This is the 10th year of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in the Holy Land. For the first time, representatives from all the Catholic communities in the Holy Land are present for our meeting. This includes the Latin Patriarchate, the […]

Holy Land journey: Trying to unravel this complex situation

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY SEVEN: Jan. 11, 2010 JERUSALEM — The formal work of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences with the Church in the Holy Land began today. It includes Bishop William Kenney, auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, England, and coordinator of the group; Bishop Peter Burcher from the Nordic bishops’ […]

Holy Land journey: Struggling to find the way to peace

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY SIX: Jan. 10, 2010 JERUSALEM — Steve, Bill, and I, along with Tracy McClure of Vatican Radio, Marwin Mazur of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Father Paul Lansu of Pax Christi International, left early to drive to Jibna near Ramallah on the […]

Holy Land journey: We arrive in Jerusalem

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series DAY FIVE: Jan. 9, 2010 JERUSALEM — Steve Colecchi of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Bill O’Keefe of Catholic Relief Services and I left Beirut early to fly to Amman, Jordan, and then from Amman to Tel Aviv. It is complicated because Lebanon does not have relationship with […]

Holy Land journey: Misdiagnosis of terrorism, and a visit to my roots

By Bishop Gerald Kicanas One in a series (Editor’s Note: Bishop Gerald Kicanas (right) of Tucson, Ariz., vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is on a trip to Lebanon, his ancestral homeland, and to Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he will attend an international meeting of  bishops in support of the […]

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