The 4th International Congress of the Commissioners of the Holy Land to convene

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The 4th International Congress of the Commissioners of the Holy Land to convene

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The Custody of the Holy Land is preparing for the Fourth International Congress of Commissioners to be held in Jerusalem from November 26 to December 2.

The official image chosen for the Congress represents the meeting of St. Francis with the Sultan of Egypt Malik Al Kamel, whose 8th centenary is being held next year.

Amongst those in attendance are Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization Monsignor José Octávio Ruiz Arenas, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Br. Michael Perry, and Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton as well as 70 commissioners from all over the world.

Fr. Francesco Patton said that "the congress for the commissioners of the Holy Land will be international and therefore the commissaries of the Holy Land of all the provinces of the Order are invited to participate. The commissioners’ service is not only precious but indispensable. In fact, they are the ambassadors of the custody of Holy Land throughout the world and they are a link between the province of Holy Land, the custody, and the rest of the Order, but also between the custody of the Holy Land and the universal church. In addition to the meetings, those present will have the opportunity to participate in the celebrations in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, at Gethsemane, and at the prayer of Vespers in the Cenacle in Jerusalem. In Bethlehem, instead, they will live the experience of starting the Advent Liturgical Time, in preparation for Christmas, in the Land where Jesus was born. Under the guidance of the professors of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, the Commissioners will go on Biblical and archaeological excursions."

Fr. Francesco Patton added, "They perform an indispensable service in four directions namely that of making the Holy Land known, which is fundamental, that of inviting and organizing pilgrimages to the Holy Land and accompanying the pilgrims, preparing them, making sure that the pilgrimage becomes an experience of evangelization and deepening of faith. What the commissioners do is essential also at the level of economic support through the collection of Good Friday which is a pontifical collection in all the churches and parishes."

“An important work that also extends to the promotion of vocations. This land is not only the first mission of the Order but is at the same time the mission entrusted directly by the church,” concluded the Custos of the Holy Land.

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 17:36
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