As violence in the Middle East escalates daily, the Franciscan Custos of the
Speaking at Communion and Liberation’s annual ‘Meeting’ in
The Aug. 24-28 conference started Sunday with a Mass, and was followed by various press conferences with senior Church and religious leaders, as well as industry and business chiefs. The week also features exhibitions, performances, and many other events.
Speaking on the current situation in the Middle East, the friar, long considered one of the leading Christian religious authorities in the Middle East, said it’s not necessary to speak about the problems, as the media has that covered, but rather we must look at how to resolve them.
“It’s not enough just to denounce what’s happening,” he said, “We need to give a way and a path.”
Having recently visited
In the Syrian city, he said, there isn’t water. The only place to obtain it is from a well, but the only ones are either privately owned or belong to an important institution, like a church.
Given this, the Christians and Muslims are working together so people can have water.
“The Jesuits,” he added, “are doing a beautiful service,” recently opening a canteen at which nuns prepare the food, which is brought in by Muslims.
He then turned to the roots of Christianity, saying faith is born through a Cross and a human victory.
“The Cross was a human failure, but Christianity was a human victory,” he said.
Remember, he stressed, “to be a Christian, we must pass by the Cross.”
After recalling when the Apostles were on the boat and Jesus was asleep, he said, “Now, Jesus asks us the same question as He asked the Apostles: ‘Why do you have so little faith?’”
“We forget,” he said, “Jesus is with us. Jesus has won over evil, and evil can’t do anything to counter Christ’s victory.”
Fr Pizzaballa reminded those gathered of alternatives to fighting. When Pope Francis and the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew embraced during the Pope’s April visit to the
Turning to the June Invocation for Peace held at the
“In spite of the continued fighting, it showed that it is possible to love,” which, he continued, “will be the strength to the