The Diocese of Leeds Justice and Peace Commission has expressed solidarity with the people of Jerusalem after the recent violence in the city, and supports the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem who has called for the city at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths to be upheld as ‘a place of prayer and meeting, open to all and where all believers and citizens, of every faith and belonging can feel protected’.
His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is a Franciscan Friar, went on to say: ‘Our Church has been clear that peace requires justice. Insofar as far as the rights of everyone, Israelis and Palestinians, are not upheld and respected, there will be no justice and therefore no peace in the city. It is our duty not to ignore injustice nor any aggression against human dignity regardless of who is committing them.’
Members of the Justice and Peace Commission ask that all churches across the Diocese continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, joining in prayer with Pope Francis that ‘the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail’.